Yum Brands Inc (YUM): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

Yum Brands ( YUM) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Yum Brands rose 37 cents (0.6%) to $64.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.83-$65.70 after having opened the day at $64.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.04. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Isle of Capri Casinos ( ISLE), up 5%, Kona Grill ( KONA), up 5%, Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), up 4.3%, and MTR Gaming Group ( MNTG), up 3.8%.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a quick service restaurant company in the United States and internationally. Yum Brands has a market cap of $29.81 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 20.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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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