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

Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill fell $4.30 (-1.1%) to $382.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 368,870 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 460,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $379.88-$385.74 after having opened the day at $384.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $386.33. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 9.8%, MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), down 3.3%, Dover Motorsports ( DVD), down 2.7% and Diversified Restaurant Holdings ( BAGR), down 2.2%.

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 $11.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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 is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), up 12.8%, Noodles & Co Class A ( NDLS), up 7.3%, Cosi ( COSI), up 6.9% and Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), up 6.5%.

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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