Chipotle Mexican Grill

(

CMG

) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill rose $2.23 (0.6%) to $395.56 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 544,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $391.59-$405.73 after having opened the day at $395.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $393.33. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were:

Benihana

(

BNHN

), up 21.2%,

Century Casinos

(

CNTY

), up 5.4%,

Cosi

(

COSI

), up 4.8%, and

Arcos Dorados Holdings

(

ARCO

), up 4.7%.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast-casual, fresh Mexican food restaurants in the United States, Canada, and England. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $12.51 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.9, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 54.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front,

Good Times Restaurants

(

GTIM

), down 11.2%,

PokerTek

(

PTEK

), down 6.2%,

Premier Exhibitions

(

PRXI

), down 5.7%, and

Krispy Kreme Doughnut

(

KKD

), down 4.8%, were all losers within the leisure industry with

Starbucks Corporation

(

SBUX

) being today's leisure industry loser.

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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