Expedia Inc. (EXPE): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Expedia ( EXPE) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Expedia rose $0.97 (2.1%) to $48.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,178,642 shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,378,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.06-$48.18 after having opened the day at $47.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.20. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: PokerTek ( PTEK), up 10.0%, Brinker International ( EAT), up 6.8%, Jamba ( JMBA), up 4.6% and Chuy's Holdings ( CHUY), up 4.3%.

Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 23.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Expedia a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expedia as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Boyd Gaming Corporation ( BYD), down 5.2%, Red Lion Hotels Corporation ( RLH), down 5.2%, Renren ( RENN), down 5.0% and Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Domino's Pizza ( DPZ) 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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