BJ'S Restaurants Inc. (BJRI): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

BJ'S Restaurants ( BJRI) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, BJ'S Restaurants rose 83 cents (1.9%) to $44.08 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 696,643 shares of BJ'S Restaurants exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 382,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.19-$44.21 after having opened the day at $43.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.25. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Einstein Noah Restaurant Group ( BAGL), up 19%, Bluegreen Corporation ( BXG), up 4.9%, and Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), up 2.4%.

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. owns and operates casual dining restaurants in the Unites States. The company operates restaurants under the BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, BJ's Pizza & Grill, or BJ's Grill names. BJ'S Restaurants has a market cap of $1.21 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.4, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate BJ'S Restaurants a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BJ'S Restaurants as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Arcos Dorados Holdings ( ARCO), down 16.5%, Caribou Coffee Company ( CBOU), down 13.5%, CEC Entertainment ( CEC), down 9.6%, and Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), down 8.8%, were all losers within the leisure industry with McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) 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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