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 14 cents (1.4%) to $10.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.5 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.02-$10.15 after having opened the day at $10.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.01. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 8.8%, Monarch Casino & Resort ( MCRI), up 4.5%, Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), up 3.6%, and Granite City Food & Brewery ( GCFB), up 3.3%.
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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 $4.89 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight 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, generally high debt management risk and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 11.7%, Yum Brands ( YUM), down 9.9%, PokerTek ( PTEK), down 8.9%, and MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the leisure industry with Darden Restaurants ( DRI) 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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