Ark Restaurants Corp. (ARKR): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

The leisure industry closed the day down 4.2%. PokerTek Inc ( PTEK) and Flanigan's ( BDL) were all winners today within the leisure industry with Ark Restaurants ( ARKR) being today's featured leisure winner. Ark Restaurants rose 15 cents (1.1%) to $13.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 195 shares of Ark Restaurants exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,400 shares.

Ark Restaurants Corp., through its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and operation of restaurants and bars, fast food concepts, and catering operations. Ark Restaurants has a market cap of $45.3 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 28.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, MTR Gaming Group Inc ( MNTG), O'Charley's Inc ( CHUX), Monarch Casino & Resort Inc ( MCRI), and Caribou Coffee Company Inc ( CBOU) 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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