MGM Resorts International (MGM): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

MGM Resorts International ( MGM) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, MGM Resorts International rose 26 cents (2%) to $13.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.26-$13.78 after having opened the day at $13.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.29. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Papa John's International ( PZZA), up 19.9%, Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), up 11.1%, Ameristar Casinos ( ASCA), up 9.5%, and Vail Resorts ( MTN), up 8.3%.

MGM Resorts International, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates casino resorts. Its casino resorts offer gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment, retail, and other resort amenities. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $6.56 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.4, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and generally poor debt management.

On the negative front, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 13.3%, Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), down 8.9%, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), down 3.4%, and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.8%, were all losers within the leisure industry with Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) being today's leisure industry loser.

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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