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

Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill rose $7.79 (2.1%) to $371.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 439,295 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 489,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $364.67-$371.77 after having opened the day at $364.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $363.74. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Noodles & Co Class A ( NDLS), up 22.7%, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 10.8%, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ( KKD), up 4.5% and Century Casinos ( CNTY), up 3.5%.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. As of June 3, 2013, the company operated 1,450 restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment ( DDE), down 5.4%, Asia Entertainment & Resources ( AERL), down 5.2%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 3.7% and Boyd Gaming Corporation ( BYD), down 3.2% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) being today's leisure industry laggard.

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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