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Expedia Inc. (EXPE): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Expedia ( EXPE) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Expedia rose $1.23 (2.4%) to $52.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,292,024 shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,846,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.77-$52.84 after having opened the day at $51.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.19. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Frisch's Restaurants ( FRS), up 4.1%, Arcos Dorados Holdings ( ARCO), up 3.5%, Bloomin Brands ( BLMN), up 2.5% and Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), up 2.1%.

Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Expedia a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expedia as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the negative front, Century Casinos ( CNTY), down 10.7%, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 7.7%, Diversified Restaurant Holdings ( BAGR), down 5.7% and PokerTek ( PTEK), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Ryman Hospitality Properties ( RHP) 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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