Carnival Corporation (CCL): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

The leisure industry closed the day up 1.5%. Asia Entertainment & Resources ( AERL), Orient-Express Hotels ( OEH), Orbitz Worldwide Inc ( OWW), and Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL) were all winners today within the leisure industry with Carnival Corporation ( CCL) being today's featured leisure winner. Carnival Corporation rose 52 cents (1.6%) to $33.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares.

Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company. Carnival Corporation has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 17 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

On the negative front, Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), Good Times Restaurants Inc ( GTIM), Kona Grill Inc ( KONA), and Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment Inc ( DDE) were all losers within the leisure industry with MakeMyTrip ( MMYT) 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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