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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Wendy's rose $0.37 (4.5%) to $8.62 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 15,105,162 shares of Wendy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,662,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.41-$8.71 after having opened the day at $8.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.25. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: SeaWorld Entertainment ( SEAS), up 7.6%, Cosi ( COSI), up 5.2%, Century Casinos ( CNTY), up 4.1% and Denny's Corporation ( DENN), up 3.7%.

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 $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 74.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Wendy's a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Multimedia Games ( MGAM), down 3.9%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 3.8%, Scientific Games Corporation ( SGMS), down 3.5% and Home Inns & Hotels Management ( HMIN), down 3.4% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Priceline.com ( PCLN) 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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