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

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Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill fell $5.18 (-1.7%) to $305.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 960,963 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 633,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $303.50-$311.80 after having opened the day at $309.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $310.19. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Scientific Games Corporation ( SGMS), down 10.3%, PokerTek ( PTEK), down 7%, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 4.4%, and Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 3.9%.
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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 $9.85 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 10.2%, Luby's ( LUB), up 7.6%, Denny's Corporation ( DENN), up 5.6%, and Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), up 5.4%, were all gainers within the leisure industry with Priceline.com ( PCLN) 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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