The

leisure

industry closed the day up 0.1%.

Expedia Inc

(

EXPE

),

Canterbury Park Holding Corporation

(

CPHC

),

China Lodging Group

(

HTHT

), and

Granite City Food & Brewery

(

GCFB

) were all decliners today within the leisure industry with

Wendy's

(

WEN

) being today's featured leisure loser. Wendy's fell 9 cents (-1.7%) to $5.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Wendy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares.

The Wendy's Company operates as a quick-service hamburger company in the United States. The company, through its subsidiary, Wendy's International, Inc., operates as a franchisor of the Wendy's restaurant system. Wendy's has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the

services

sector. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wendy's as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

(

SNSTA

),

Choice Hotels International Inc

(

CHH

),

Asia Entertainment & Resources

(

AERL

), and

Caribou Coffee Company Inc

(

CBOU

) were all gainers within the leisure industry with

Las Vegas Sands

(

LVS

) being today's featured leisure industry winner.

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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