Boyd Gaming Corporation (BYD): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Boyd Gaming Corporation ( BYD) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Boyd Gaming Corporation rose $0.53 (3.9%) to $14.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,636,038 shares of Boyd Gaming Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,375,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.75-$14.43 after having opened the day at $13.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.72. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Scientific Games Corporation ( SGMS), up 6.7%, Flanigan's ( BDL), up 5.2%, Kona Grill ( KONA), up 4.4% and Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), up 4.0%.

Boyd Gaming Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a multi-jurisdictional gaming company in the United States. The company operates in five segments: Las Vegas Locals, Downtown Las Vegas, Midwest and South, Peninsula Gaming, and Atlantic City. Boyd Gaming Corporation has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 105.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Boyd Gaming Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boyd Gaming Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, Darden Restaurants ( DRI), down 7.1%, Dover Motorsports ( DVD), down 5.3%, MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), down 5.0% and Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) 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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