Marriott International

(

MAR

) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Marriott International rose 42 cents (1.1%) to $38.71 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.39-$38.98 after having opened the day at $38.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.29. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were:

Gaylord Entertainment

(

GET

), up 10.1%,

Premier Exhibitions

(

PRXI

), up 6.4%,

Intercontinental Hotels Group

(

IHG

), up 5.5%, and

Isle of Capri Casinos

(

ISLE

), up 5.3%.

Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and corporate housing properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $12.96 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.4, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 71.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 30.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Marriott International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marriott International as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Canterbury Park Holding Corporation

(

CPHC

), down 5.7%,

Ark Restaurants

(

ARKR

), down 3.7%,

Lakes Entertainment

(

LACO

), down 3.4%, and

Melco Crown Entertainment

(

MPEL

), down 3%, were all losers within the leisure industry with

Priceline.com

(

PCLN

) 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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