MGM Resorts International (MGM): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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MGM Resorts International ( MGM) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, MGM Resorts International rose 22 cents (2%) to $10.92 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19.6 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.73-$11.04 after having opened the day at $10.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.70. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Boyd Gaming Corporation ( BYD), up 3.4%, Biglari Holdings ( BH), up 3.3%, Asia Entertainment & Resources ( AERL), up 3.2%, and Ignite Restaurant Group ( IRG), up 2.9%.

MGM Resorts International, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates casino resorts. Its casino resorts offer gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment, retail, and other resort amenities. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $5.05 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 8.9%, Luby's ( LUB), down 6%, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), down 4.8%, and Del Frisco's Restaurant Group ( DFRG), down 4.7%, were all laggards within the leisure industry with Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) being today's leisure industry laggard.

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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