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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 16,400 as of Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,294 issues advancing vs. 815 declining with 107 unchanged.

The Leisure industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.9%. Top gainers within the Leisure industry included

Full House Resorts

(

FLL

), up 12.3%,

Lakes Entertainment

(

LACO

), up 1.9%,

Pizza Inn Holdings

TheStreet Recommends

(

PZZI

), up 3.2%,

Rick's Cabaret International

(

RICK

), up 6.2% and

Intrawest Resorts Holdings

(

SNOW

), up 10.1%.

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

Rick's Cabaret International

(

RICK

) is one of the companies that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Rick's Cabaret International was up $0.69 (6.2%) to $11.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 119,105 shares of Rick's Cabaret International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.49-$11.97 after having opened the day at $11.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.11.

RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates nightclubs that offer live adult entertainment, restaurant, and bar services primarily for businessmen and professionals in the United States. Rick's Cabaret International has a market cap of $111.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Rick's Cabaret International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Rick's Cabaret International

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RICK go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.8%. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for RCI HOSPITALITY HLDGS INC is rather high; currently it is at 65.46%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, RICK's net profit margin of 2.07% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.78, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.37 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • RCI HOSPITALITY HLDGS 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. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RCI HOSPITALITY HLDGS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.97 versus $0.80 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Rick's Cabaret International Ratings Report

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At the close,

Lakes Entertainment

(

LACO

) was up $0.16 (1.9%) to $8.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,319 shares of Lakes Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.30-$8.49 after having opened the day at $8.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.23.

Lakes Entertainment, Inc. develops, finances, manages, and owns casino properties in the United States. Lakes Entertainment has a market cap of $109.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 7.8%. 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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Full House Resorts

(

FLL

) was another company that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Full House Resorts was up $0.14 (12.3%) to $1.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,230 shares of Full House Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 71,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.18-$1.40 after having opened the day at $1.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.14.

Full House Resorts, Inc. owns, develops, manages, and invests in gaming-related enterprises. Full House Resorts has a market cap of $22.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 59.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Full House Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Full House Resorts as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FLL go as follows:

  • 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 20116.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.04 million to -$8.49 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, FULL HOUSE RESORTS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.66 million or 63.99% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • FULL HOUSE RESORTS INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FULL HOUSE RESORTS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.21 versus $1.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.14 versus -$0.21).
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 58.28% over the past year. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Full House Resorts Ratings Report

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