Tim Hortons Inc. (THI): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

Tim Hortons ( THI) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Tim Hortons rose 28 cents (0.5%) to $52.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 211,999 shares of Tim Hortons exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 241,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.39-$53.21 after having opened the day at $52.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.58. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Arcos Dorados Holdings ( ARCO), up 4.2%, Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), up 2.1%, and Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI), up 2%.

Tim Hortons Inc. develops, franchises, and operates quick service restaurants primarily in Canada and the United States. Tim Hortons has a market cap of $8.24 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 21.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Tim Hortons a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tim Hortons as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 11.4%, BJ's Restaurants ( BJRI), down 6.2%, Pinnacle Entertainment ( PNK), down 5.3%, and Cosi ( COSI), down 4%, were all losers within the leisure industry with Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) 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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