3 Stocks Pushing The Leisure Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Yum Brands ( YUM), up 1.1%, and Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), up 0.5%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, InterContinental Hotels Group is up $0.26 (1.1%) to $25.00 on average volume Thus far, 176,187 shares of InterContinental Hotels Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 396,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.96-$25.25 after having opened the day at $25.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.74.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC owns, manages, franchises, and leases hotels and resorts worldwide. InterContinental Hotels Group has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate InterContinental Hotels Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates InterContinental Hotels Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full InterContinental Hotels Group Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) is up $0.47 (2.4%) to $20.37 on light volume Thus far, 797,841 shares of Ctrip.com International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.98-$20.46 after having opened the day at $19.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.90.

Ctrip.com International, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides travel services for hotel accommodations, airline tickets, and packaged tours in the People's Republic of China. Ctrip.com International has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ctrip.com International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ctrip.com International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ctrip.com International Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $4.07 (0.7%) to $629.94 on light volume Thus far, 246,983 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 937,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $626.00-$632.90 after having opened the day at $629.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $625.87.

priceline.com Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $31.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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