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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL): 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.

Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, Royal Caribbean Cruises rose $0.55 (1.1%) to $52.63 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,029,218 shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,924,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.17-$53.35 after having opened the day at $52.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.08. Another company within the Leisure industry that increased today was Einstein Noah Restaurant Group ( BAGL), up 2.7%.

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. operates as a cruise company worldwide. It owns six cruise brands comprising Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, CDF Croisieres de France, and TUI Cruises. Royal Caribbean Cruises has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Royal Caribbean Cruises a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Caribbean Cruises as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Qunar Cayman Islands ( QUNR), down 6.6%, 500.com ( WBAI), down 6.3%, Fiesta Restaurant Group ( FRGI), down 5.3% and Manchester United ( MANU), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Starbucks ( SBUX) 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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