Wendy's Co (WEN): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Wendy's ( WEN) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Wendy's rose $0.37 (5.0%) to $7.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,914,564 shares of Wendy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,803,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.50-$7.89 after having opened the day at $7.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.43. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Arcos Dorados Holdings ( ARCO), up 7.8%, PokerTek ( PTEK), up 7.3%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), up 7.2% and Papa John's International ( PZZA), up 5.4%.

The Wendy's Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and franchises Wendy's restaurant system in North America and internationally. It engages in operating, developing, and franchising a system of distinctive quick-service restaurants. Wendy's has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 58.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Wendy's a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wendy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Kona Grill ( KONA), down 8.9%, Dover Motorsports ( DVD), down 5.6%, Home Inns & Hotels Management ( HMIN), down 4.0% and Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) 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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