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Expedia

(

EXPE

) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Expedia rose 70 cents (1.4%) to $52.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51-$52.49 after having opened the day at $51.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.72. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were:

Ctrip.com International

(

CTRP

), up 8.6%,

Krispy Kreme Doughnut

(

KKD

), up 5.2%,

Chuy's Holdings

(

CHUY

), up 4%, and

Asia Entertainment & Resources

(

AERL

), up 3.5%.

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Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 20.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Expedia a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expedia as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

PokerTek

(

PTEK

), down 6.8%,

Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment

(

DDE

), down 5.4%,

Pizza Inn Holdings

(

PZZI

), down 4.9%, and

Kona Grill

(

KONA

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

Chipotle Mexican Grill

(

CMG

) being today's leisure industry laggard.

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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