5 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 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Brinker International ( EAT), up 2.7%, and Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 2.6%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation ( WYN) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is up $0.42 (0.8%) to $50.54 on light volume Thus far, 308,010 shares of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.95-$50.61 after having opened the day at $50.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.12.

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides various hospitality products and services to individual consumers and business customers in the United States and internationally. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Wyndham Worldwide Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wyndham Worldwide Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Wyndham Worldwide Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is up $0.13 (1.1%) to $11.45 on average volume Thus far, 4.7 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.34-$11.49 after having opened the day at $11.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.32.

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 $5.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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. Get the full MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is up $0.85 (0.8%) to $114.31 on light volume Thus far, 474,578 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.16-$115.16 after having opened the day at $113.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.46.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is up $2.45 (0.9%) to $277.96 on light volume Thus far, 228,230 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $274.01-$281.00 after having opened the day at $274.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $275.51.

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 $8.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 2 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. Get the full Chipotle Mexican Grill Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.43 (0.9%) to $45.77 on light volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.27-$45.82 after having opened the day at $45.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.34.

Las Vegas Sands Corp., together with its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates various integrated resort properties primarily in the United States, Macau, and Singapore. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $36.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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