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 up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Panera Bread Company fell $3.48 (-1.9%) to $185.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 521,915 shares of Panera Bread Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 509,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $184.50-$186.89 after having opened the day at $186.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $188.58. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 3.5%, China Lodging Group ( HTHT), down 3.1%, Frisch's Restaurants ( FRS), down 2.9% and Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 2.8%.
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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 $5.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Panera Bread Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI), down 4.5%, Marriott Vacations Worldwide ( VAC), down 4.3%, Marcus Corporation ( MCS), down 4.2% and Century Casinos ( CNTY), down 3.8% , were all gainers within the leisure industry with Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) being today's featured leisure industry leader.

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