Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill rose $7.76 (2.9%) to $271.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 888,186 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $260.01-$271.54 after having opened the day at $261.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $263.75. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Caribou Coffee Company ( CBOU), up 4.6%, Morgans Hotel Group Company ( MHGC), up 4.4%, Town Sports International Holdings ( CLUB), up 3.9%, and Marcus Corporation ( MCS), up 2.6%.
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Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast-casual, fresh Mexican food restaurants in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $8.31 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill as a buy. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Asia Entertainment & Resources ( AERL), down 11%, PokerTek ( PTEK), down 10.2%, Darden Restaurants ( DRI), down 9.6%, and Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 8.1%, were all laggards within the leisure industry with Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) 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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