Panera Bread Company Inc. (PNRA): Today's Featured Leisure Laggard

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Panera Bread Company ( PNRA) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Panera Bread Company fell $3.57 (-2.1%) to $162.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 477,925 shares of Panera Bread Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 394,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $161.01-$166.08 after having opened the day at $166.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $166.53. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: PokerTek ( PTEK), down 7.4%, MTR Gaming Group ( MNTG), down 4%, Kona Grill ( KONA), down 2.5%, and Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), down 2.4%.
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Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. Panera Bread Company has a market cap of $4.71 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Panera Bread Company a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Panera Bread Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, China Lodging Group ( HTHT), up 5.2%, Ruth's Hospitality Group ( RUTH), up 3.4%, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 2.7%, and Century Casinos ( CNTY), up 2.5%, were all gainers within the leisure industry with Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) being today's featured leisure industry leader.

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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