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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 5.88 points (0.0%) at 16,315 as of Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,884 issues advancing vs. 1,209 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Leisure industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Leisure industry included

Nevada Gold & Casinos

(

UWN

), up 5.1%,

Premier Exhibitions

(

PRXI

), up 11.9%,

Flanigan's

(

BDL

), up 1.6%,

Lakes Entertainment

(

LACO

), up 1.6% and

Monarch Casino & Resort

(

MCRI

), up 3.8%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Lakes Entertainment

(

LACO

) is one of the companies that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Lakes Entertainment was up $0.13 (1.6%) to $8.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,289 shares of Lakes Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.15-$8.20 after having opened the day at $8.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.07.

Lakes Entertainment, Inc. develops, finances, manages, and owns casino properties in the United States. Lakes Entertainment has a market cap of $108.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lakes Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Lakes Entertainment as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LACO go as follows:

  • LACO's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 65.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • LACO's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.08 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 14.24, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 41.91% is the gross profit margin for LAKES ENTERTAINMENT INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LACO's net profit margin of 0.40% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • In its most recent trading session, LACO has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 76.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.24 million to $0.06 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Lakes Entertainment Ratings Report

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At the close,

Premier Exhibitions

(

PRXI

) was up $0.08 (11.9%) to $0.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 571,957 shares of Premier Exhibitions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 79,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.71-$0.94 after having opened the day at $0.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.65.

Premier Exhibitions, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in presenting museum-quality touring exhibitions to public worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Exhibition Management and RMS Titanic. Premier Exhibitions has a market cap of $32.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 43.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Premier Exhibitions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Premier Exhibitions as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PRXI go as follows:

  • PREMIER EXHIBITIONS INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, PREMIER EXHIBITIONS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.01 versus $0.03 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 224.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.97 million to -$1.21 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, PREMIER EXHIBITIONS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 53.65%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 200.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • 41.17% is the gross profit margin for PREMIER EXHIBITIONS INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, PRXI's net profit margin of -16.17% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Premier Exhibitions Ratings Report

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Nevada Gold & Casinos

(

UWN

) was another company that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Nevada Gold & Casinos was up $0.06 (5.1%) to $1.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,334 shares of Nevada Gold & Casinos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.17-$1.23 after having opened the day at $1.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.17.

Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc., a gaming company, is engaged in financing, developing, owning, and operating gaming properties and projects primarily in Washington and South Dakota. The company operates in three segments: Washington Gold, South Dakota Gold, and Corporate. Nevada Gold & Casinos has a market cap of $18.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Nevada Gold & Casinos a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nevada Gold & Casinos as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UWN go as follows:

  • UWN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.42, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, UWN has a quick ratio of 1.72, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 36.98% is the gross profit margin for NEVADA GOLD & CASINOS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, UWN's net profit margin of 2.22% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, NEVADA GOLD & CASINOS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Nevada Gold & Casinos Ratings Report

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