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

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Panera Bread Company ( PNRA) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Panera Bread Company fell $2.16 (-1.4%) to $154.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 182,251 shares of Panera Bread Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 508,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $154.38-$157.56 after having opened the day at $157.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $157.06. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Luby's ( LUB), down 6%, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 3.5%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 2.7%, and MTR Gaming Group ( MNTG), down 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 $4.45 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.8, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 30.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Panera Bread Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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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