Choice Hotels International Inc. (CHH): Today's Featured Leisure Loser

The leisure industry closed the day up 2.4%. Orbitz Worldwide Inc ( OWW), Granite City Food & Brewery ( GCFB), Century Casinos Inc ( CNTY), and MTR Gaming Group Inc ( MNTG) were all decliners today within the leisure industry with Choice Hotels International Inc ( CHH) being today's featured leisure loser. Choice Hotels International Inc fell $1.03 (-3.6%) to $29.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 354,587 shares of Choice Hotels International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 229,400 shares.

Choice Hotels International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a hotel franchisor worldwide. Choice Hotels International Inc has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 14.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 25% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Choice Hotels International 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, Caribou Coffee Company Inc ( CBOU), Luby's Inc ( LUB), Isle of Capri Casinos Inc ( ISLE), and Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc ( HMIN) 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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