Chipotle Mexican Grill

(

CMG

) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill fell $4.95 (-1.7%) to $291.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 924,686 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 805,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $290.03-$298.79 after having opened the day at $296.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $296.08. Other company's within the Leisure industry that declined today were:

Ctrip.com International

(

CTRP

), down 6.3%,

China Lodging Group

(

HTHT

), down 5.2%,

Canterbury Park Holding Corporation

(

CPHC

), down 3.6%, and

BJ's Restaurants

(

BJRI

), down 3.5%.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast-casual, fresh Mexican food restaurants in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $9.18 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.2, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill as a

buy

. 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Chanticleer Holdings

(

HOTR

), up 24.1%,

Frisch's Restaurants

(

FRS

), up 18%,

Empire Resorts

(

NYNY

), up 6.7%, and

Orbitz Worldwide

(

OWW

), up 6.3%, were all gainers within the leisure industry with

Las Vegas Sands

(

LVS

) being today's featured leisure industry leader.

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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