Ctrip.com International Ltd. (CTRP): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Ctrip.com International rose $1.26 (7%) to $19.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Ctrip.com International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.92-$19.35 after having opened the day at $17.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.05. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Frisch's Restaurants ( FRS), up 11.3%, Arcos Dorados Holdings ( ARCO), up 3.5%, Granite City Food & Brewery ( GCFB), up 3.4%, and MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), up 3.4%.
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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 $2.45 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Ctrip.com International a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven 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.

On the negative front, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 6.2%, Ignite Restaurant Group ( IRG), down 3.9%, Lakes Entertainment ( LACO), down 3.7%, and Multimedia Games ( MGAM), down 3.1%, were all laggards within the leisure industry with Carnival Corporation ( CCL) 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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