3 Stocks Boosting 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 46 points (-0.3%) at 15,208 as of Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,093 issues advancing vs. 1,832 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.24. A company within the industry that increased today was Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 3.79. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), down 1.46, and Carnival Corporation ( CCL), down 0.95.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Dunkin Brands Group ( DNKN) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Dunkin Brands Group is up $1.06 (2.65) to $41.12 on average volume Thus far, 605,356 shares of Dunkin Brands Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 971,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.10-$41.45 after having opened the day at $40.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.06.

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants under the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands worldwide. Dunkin Brands Group has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dunkin Brands Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dunkin Brands Group 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 premium valuation. Get the full Dunkin Brands Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Darden Restaurants ( DRI) is up $0.72 (1.36) to $53.28 on light volume Thus far, 527,638 shares of Darden Restaurants exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.73-$53.91 after having opened the day at $52.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.56.

Darden Restaurants, Inc. owns and operates full service restaurants in the United States and Canada. It operates restaurants under the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, and Wildfish Seafood Grille brand names. Darden Restaurants has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Darden Restaurants a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darden Restaurants as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Darden Restaurants Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.64 (1.10) to $58.57 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.97-$59.05 after having opened the day at $57.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.93.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $47.8 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 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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