5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Leisure Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 15,618 as of Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,354 issues advancing vs. 1,554 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 0.8%, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX), up 0.8% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Burger King Worldwide ( BKW) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Burger King Worldwide is up $0.64 (3.2%) to $20.40 on average volume. Thus far, 353,198 shares of Burger King Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 785,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.75-$20.40 after having opened the day at $19.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.76.

Burger King Worldwide, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates and franchises fast food hamburger restaurants, primarily under the Burger King brand worldwide. Burger King Worldwide has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Burger King Worldwide a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Burger King Worldwide as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Burger King Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Brinker International ( EAT) is up $2.62 (6.4%) to $43.57 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Brinker International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.72-$44.28 after having opened the day at $42.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.95.

Brinker International, Inc. owns, develops, operates, and franchises various restaurant brands primarily in the United States. It operates the restaurants under the Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy brand names. Brinker International has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Brinker International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brinker International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Brinker International Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Marriott International ( MAR) is up $1.00 (2.4%) to $42.58 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.41-$43.00 after having opened the day at $41.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.58.

Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and timeshare properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Marriott International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marriott International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Marriott International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is up $0.70 (2.7%) to $26.34 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.43-$26.35 after having opened the day at $25.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.65.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 47.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is up $2.19 (1.6%) to $139.63 on average volume. Thus far, 530,615 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $136.42-$139.71 after having opened the day at $137.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $137.44.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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