3 Leisure Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 76 points (0.5%) at 15,300 as of Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,101 issues advancing vs. 849 declining with 106 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 1.0%.

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

3. Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Caribbean Cruises is up $0.38 (1.1%) to $34.53 on light volume. Thus far, 495,981 shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.19-$34.65 after having opened the day at $34.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.15.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. operates as a cruise company worldwide. It owns five cruise brands comprising Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, and CDF Croisieres de France. Royal Caribbean Cruises has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Royal Caribbean Cruises a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Caribbean Cruises as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Royal Caribbean Cruises Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) is up $0.67 (1.0%) to $65.80 on light volume. Thus far, 652,007 shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.28-$65.85 after having opened the day at $65.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.13.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. operates as a hotel and leisure company worldwide. The company operates luxury and upscale full-service hotels, resorts, residences, retreats, select-service hotels, and extended stay hotels under the St. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.70 (1.0%) to $73.19 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.70-$73.46 after having opened the day at $73.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.49.

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 $32.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Yum Brands 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).

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