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Yum Brands Inc (YUM): Today's Featured Leisure Laggard

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.

Yum Brands (YUM) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2%. By the end of trading, Yum Brands fell $1.39 (-1.9%) to $71.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.04-$73.26 after having opened the day at $72.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.70. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Good Times Restaurants (GTIM), down 13.3%, Caesars Entertainment (CZR), down 11.7%, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain (CCSC), down 9.5%, and Isle of Capri Casinos (ISLE), down 6.9%.

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YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. Yum Brands has a market cap of $32.87 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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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