4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: GNC Holdings

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health and wellness products retailer GNC Holdings (NYS: GNC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at GNC's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

GNC facts

HeadquartersPittsburgh
Market Cap$3.7 billion
IndustrySpecialty stores
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$2.1 billion
ManagementCEO Joseph Fortunato (since 2005)
CFO Michael Nuzzo (since 2008)
Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity14.6%
Cash/Debt$128.4 million / $901.5 million
Dividend Yield1.3%
CompetitorsAmazon.com
CVS Caremark
Walgreen

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 87% of the 56 members who have rated GNC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star Geldej, offered some consumer insight into the bull case:

The crave for society to become more healthy is on the rise. ... I am in my last year in college and whether it's my friends trying to lose weight because they are overweight or friends that are training for their next marathon, they all go to GNC. ... [S]ervice at GNC is huge, tell them what you want to do and they can give you multiple different options and actual plans to help you reach your goal. Doing the research on your own is great but you definitely feel better about what your doing when you hear it from a pro that knows about the products they're talking about. Sorry for the rambling, just so much is not known about this company, lots of stipulations or stereotypes.

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