Expedia Inc. (EXPE): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Expedia ( EXPE) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Expedia rose $1.33 (2.5%) to $53.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.62-$54.22 after having opened the day at $52.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.36. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: MTR Gaming Group ( MNTG), up 3.2%, Chuy's Holdings ( CHUY), up 3.1%, Jamba ( JMBA), up 2.7%, and Granite City Food & Brewery ( GCFB), up 2.3%.
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Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $6.41 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 18.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Expedia a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expedia as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), down 4.5%, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group ( BAGL), down 4.1%, Arcos Dorados Holdings ( ARCO), down 3.9%, and Six Flags Entertainment ( SIX), down 3.5%, were all laggards within the leisure industry with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) 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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