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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Expedia rose $0.76 (1.6%) to $47.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,830,761 shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,496,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.28-$47.79 after having opened the day at $46.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.84. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Bob Evans Farms ( BOBE), up 10.3%, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers ( RRGB), up 6.0%, Sonic Corporation ( SONC), up 4.9% and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ( KKD), up 3.7%.

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 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), down 3.6%, Renren ( RENN), down 2.9%, China Lodging Group ( HTHT), down 2.8% and Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 2.8%.

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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