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Yum Brands ( YUM) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Yum Brands fell $1.45 (-2.1%) to $67.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,719,928 shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,070,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $67.04-$69.14 after having opened the day at $69.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.65. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment ( DDE), down 7.0%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 6.0%, Isle of Capri Casinos ( ISLE), down 5.6% and MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), down 3.2%.
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YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $28.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 13.3%, Bally Technologies ( BYI), down 10.6%, Life Time Fitness ( LTM), down 7.1% and Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 7.0% , 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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