4 Leisure Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 12 points (0.1%) at 14,943 as of Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,432 issues advancing vs. 1,453 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), up 2.8%, and McDonald's Corporation ( MCD), up 0.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment is up $0.24 (0.8%) to $28.35 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.10-$28.75 after having opened the day at $28.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.11.

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 $15.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 66.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.73 (1.1%) to $70.36 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.74-$70.82 after having opened the day at $69.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.63.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $31.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is up $1.42 (1.0%) to $142.80 on light volume. Thus far, 285,030 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 $141.24-$143.50 after having opened the day at $141.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.38.

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 $14.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 25.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.31 (0.5%) to $59.06 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.94-$59.45 after having opened the day at $58.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.75.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $47.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 27.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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