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MGM Resorts International (MGM): Today's Featured Leisure Laggard

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MGM Resorts International ( MGM) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, MGM Resorts International fell $0.46 (-3.0%) to $15.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,754,156 shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,980,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.91-$15.70 after having opened the day at $15.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.54. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 8.0%, Cosi ( COSI), down 6.5%, Boyd Gaming Corporation ( BYD), down 5.8% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), down 3.4%.

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MGM Resorts International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. The company operates in two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. Its resorts offer gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment, retail, and other resort amenities. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally high debt management risk.

On the positive front, Asia Entertainment & Resources ( AERL), down 6.0%, Jamba ( JMBA), down 5.2%, PokerTek ( PTEK), down 4.2% and Fiesta Restaurant Group ( FRGI), down 3.7%.

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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