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Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (BWLD): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Buffalo Wild Wings ( BWLD) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Buffalo Wild Wings rose $1.05 (1.4%) to $75.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 697,168 shares of Buffalo Wild Wings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 513,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.93-$76.04 after having opened the day at $74.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.82. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Expedia ( EXPE), up 15.2%, Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), up 13.1%, Town Sports International Holdings ( CLUB), up 11.1%, and Red Lion Hotels Corporation ( RLH), up 4.5%.

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Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. engages in the ownership, operation, and franchise of restaurants primarily in the United States. It offers chicken and various food and beverage items, as well as serves bottled beers, wines, and liquor. Buffalo Wild Wings has a market cap of $1.39 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.8, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Buffalo Wild Wings a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Buffalo Wild Wings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, BJ's Restaurants ( BJRI), down 15.7%, Texas Roadhouse ( TXRH), down 3.8%, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 3.6%, and AFC ( AFCE), down 3.6%, were all laggards within the leisure industry with Carnival Corporation ( CCL) being today's leisure industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the leisure industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Leisure&Entert ( PEJ) while those bearish on the leisure industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services ( SCC).

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