The leisure industry closed the day down 0%. Denny's Corporation ( DENN), Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc ( HMIN), Marcus Corporation ( MCS), and J. Alexander's Corporation ( JAX) were all winners today within the leisure industry with Carnival Corporation ( CCL) being today's featured leisure winner. Carnival Corporation rose 84 cents (2.7%) to $32.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares.

Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company. Carnival Corporation has a market cap of $25.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 17.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carnival as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, PokerTek Inc ( PTEK), Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), Kona Grill Inc ( KONA), and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) were all losers within the leisure industry with MGM Resorts International ( MGM) being today's leisure industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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