Panera Bread Company Inc. (PNRA): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

Panera Bread Company ( PNRA) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Panera Bread Company rose $2.50 (1.8%) to $142.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 499,835 shares of Panera Bread Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 456,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $138.92-$142.39 after having opened the day at $139.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $139.77. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Jamba ( JMBA), up 9.9%, Ignite Restaurant Group ( IRG), up 3%, Ark Restaurants ( ARKR), up 2.8%, and Lakes Entertainment ( LACO), up 2.2%.

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. Panera Bread Company has a market cap of $3.94 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 28.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Panera Bread Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Panera Bread Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Dover Motorsports ( DVD), down 6.4%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 4.8%, Town Sports International Holdings ( CLUB), down 3.5%, and Isle of Capri Casinos ( ISLE), down 3.4%, were all losers within the leisure industry with Carnival Corporation ( CCL) 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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