Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.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.