Priceline.com Inc. (PCLN): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Priceline.com ( PCLN) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Priceline.com rose $28.68 (3.3%) to $904.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,006,806 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 720,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $883.28-$906.53 after having opened the day at $885.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $875.67. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Renren ( RENN), up 19.5%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 19.4%, Chuy's Holdings ( CHUY), up 7.4% and Bloomin Brands ( BLMN), up 5.9%.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $44.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 43.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, BJ's Restaurants ( BJRI), down 11.4%, Boyd Gaming Corporation ( BYD), down 3.8%, Flanigan's ( BDL), down 3.0% and MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), down 2.7%.

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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