Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Royal Caribbean Cruises rose $0.39 (1.1%) to $36.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, 924,430 shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,848,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.44-$36.79 after having opened the day at $36.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.28. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Wendy's ( WEN), up 8.2%, Noodles & Co Class A ( NDLS), up 5.0%, PokerTek ( PTEK), up 3.3% and Six Flags Entertainment ( SIX), up 2.7%.

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 $8.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.7% 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.

On the negative front, Penn National Gaming ( PENN), down 7.4%, Domino's Pizza ( DPZ), down 6.6%, Bloomin Brands ( BLMN), down 6.5% and Del Frisco's Restaurant Group ( DFRG), down 6.1% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) 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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