Welcome!

News Feed Item

Technical Analysis on GNC Holdings and Walgreen: Drug Store Stocks Set to Provide Good Returns

LONDON, February 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Growing life expectancy is a good indicator of a nation's economic status, but at the very same time it also brings about the higher incidences of diseases and ailments. While the picture does not look pretty in general, it certainly is an attractive one for drug store companies. With growing demand for drugs, companies like GNC Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GNC) and Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG) are all set to see their stock prices soaring. These companies are also looking to expand their reach internationally. The sector also features competition, but the pie is big enough for all the players involved. StockCall has posted free technical research on GNC Holdings and Walgreen which can be downloaded upon sign up at http://www.stockcall.com/signup

GNC Holdings Continues on Growth Trajectory

GNC Holdings Inc. stock grew by 25 percent in the past 12 months and is rightly being lapped up by hedge funds. As per a recent filing by Citadel Investments, billionaire investor Ken Griffin now owns 3.5 million shares of the company, which is almost the double of its initial investment in the company. Alexander Mitchell's Scopus Asset Management also owns 2.5 million shares of the company. Hedge fund interest generally bodes well for a stock. The company holds leading position in nutrition and vitamins market. Sign up and read the complimentary report on GNC Holdings at http://www.StockCall.com/GNC021113.pdf

Apart from hedge fund interest, the company is doing well. GNC Holdings management upped its guidance for FY 2013. It is experiencing all-round growth as all its major segments including franchise, wholesale and retail recorded growth for FY 2012. The company has reported positive same-store sales growth for 29 consecutive quarters. GNC Holdings runs 7,600 retail locations globally and is active in 53 countries. With projected earnings growth of 22 percent for next five years, the company offers good long-term investment opportunity. For the third quarter of the year, GNC Holdings reported 28 percent increase in its earnings. The stock trades at Price/Earnings ratio of 16.81 and thus is not an expensive stock.

GNC is set to report its earnings today. Data were not available at the time this article was completed.

Walgreen Offers New Product Lines

Walgreen Co. stock is on the roll and touched a new 52-week high lately. The stock is up 23 percent in the past 12 months and offers a dividend yield of 2.66 percent. The company's dividend is likely to remain safe as it has manageable dividend payout ratio of 45 percent. Walgreen is also projected to grow its EPS at the rate of 13.23 percent in the coming five years. For FY 2012, the company grew its front end sales. However, its same-store sales slumped marginally. The free report on Walgreen can be downloaded by signing up now at http://www.StockCall.com/WAG021113.pdf

The drug store company is diversifying its offerings as it plans to sell Televisa Consumer Products to gain traction among its Hispanic customers. It is also expanding overseas as it acquired 45 percent stake in Alliance Boots to gain foothold in Europe. The company spent $6.7 billion for this purpose and expects the acquisition to add 23 to 27 cents per share to its EPS. Like other drug companies, Walgreen also stands to benefit from increased life expectancy, which will lead to higher demand for drugs and therapies. The stock currently trades at Price/Earnings multiple of 18.57, which is slightly higher than the multiple sported by its competitors GNC Holdings, but Walgreen's future prospects justify the pricing.

About StockCall.com

StockCall.com is a financial website where investors can have easy, precise and comprehensive research and opinions on stocks making the headlines. Sign up today to talk to our financial analyst at http://www.stockcall.com

SOURCE StockCall.com

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
In this presentation, you will learn first hand what works and what doesn't while architecting and deploying OpenStack. Some of the topics will include:- best practices for creating repeatable deployments of OpenStack- multi-site considerations- how to customize OpenStack to integrate with your existing systems and security best practices.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, CTO of Embotics, discussed how automation can provide the dynamic management required to cost-effectively deliver microservices and container solutions at scale. He also discussed how flexible automation is the key to effectively bridging and seamlessly coordinating both IT and developer needs for component orchestration across disparate clouds – an increasingly important requirement at today’s multi-cloud enterprise.
Security, data privacy, reliability and regulatory compliance are critical factors when evaluating whether to move business applications from in-house client hosted environments to a cloud platform. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Vandana Viswanathan, Associate Director at Cognizant, In this session, will provide an orientation to the five stages required to implement a cloud hosted solution validation strategy.
You want to start your DevOps journey but where do you begin? Do you say DevOps loudly 5 times while looking in the mirror and it suddenly appears? Do you hire someone? Do you upskill your existing team? Here are some tips to help support your DevOps transformation. Conor Delanbanque has been involved with building & scaling teams in the DevOps space globally. He is the Head of DevOps Practice at MThree Consulting, a global technology consultancy. Conor founded the Future of DevOps Thought Leade...
Jo Peterson is VP of Cloud Services for Clarify360, a boutique sourcing and benchmarking consultancy focused on transforming technology into business advantage. Clarify360 provides custom, end-to-end solutions from a portfolio of more than 170 suppliers globally. As an engineer, Jo sources net new technology footprints, and is an expert at optimizing and benchmarking existing environments focusing on Cloud Enablement and Optimization. She and her team work with clients on Cloud Discovery, Cloud ...
Everyone wants the rainbow - reduced IT costs, scalability, continuity, flexibility, manageability, and innovation. But in order to get to that collaboration rainbow, you need the cloud! In this presentation, we'll cover three areas: First - the rainbow of benefits from cloud collaboration. There are many different reasons why more and more companies and institutions are moving to the cloud. Benefits include: cost savings (reducing on-prem infrastructure, reducing data center foot print, redu...
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
The technologies behind big data and cloud computing are converging quickly, offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy, wide-ranging access to data. However, to capitalize on the cost-efficiencies and time-to-value opportunities of analytics in the cloud, big data and cloud technologies must be integrated and managed properly. Pythian's Director of Big Data and Data Science, Danil Zburivsky will explore: The main technology components and best practices being deployed to take advantage...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busi...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists examined how DevOps helps to meet the de...
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.