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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Panera Bread Company fell $2.85 (-1.6%) to $180.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 258,545 shares of Panera Bread Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 616,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $180.55-$183.27 after having opened the day at $183.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $183.55. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 32.9%, MTR Gaming Group ( MNTG), down 3.9%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 3.9% and Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment ( DDE), down 3.1%.
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Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. The company operates three business segments: Bakery-Cafe Operations, Franchise Operations, and Fresh Dough and Other Product Operations. Panera Bread Company has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Panera Bread Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations 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, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 25.8%, Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), down 21.2%, Cosi ( COSI), down 9.4% and Empire Resorts ( NYNY), down 5.2% , were all gainers within the leisure industry with MGM Resorts International ( MGM) 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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