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Carnival Corporation



) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Carnival Corporation rose $0.45 (1.2%) to $37.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,799,840 shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,541,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.02-$37.38 after having opened the day at $37.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.91. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were:

Starbucks Corporation



), up 7.6%,

Dunkin Brands Group



), up 6.2%,

Frisch's Restaurants



), up 5.6% and

Pinnacle Entertainment



), up 5.5%.

Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company worldwide. The company operates in two segments, North America; and Europe, Australia, and Asia. Carnival Corporation has a market cap of $21.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Carnival Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carnival Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front,




), down 4.9%,

Orbitz Worldwide



), down 3.9%,

International Speedway Corporation



), down 3.9% and

Diamond Resorts International



), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with




) being today's leisure industry laggard.

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PowerShares Dynamic Leisure&Entert



) while those bearish on the leisure industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services




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