Expedia Inc. (EXPE): Today's Featured Leisure Laggard

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Expedia ( EXPE) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Expedia fell $0.96 (-1.8%) to $51.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,794,379 shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,935,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.81-$53.17 after having opened the day at $52.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.82. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), down 5.7%, Ignite Restaurant Group ( IRG), down 4.5%, Cosi ( COSI), down 4.1% and Renren ( RENN), down 2.9%.

Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 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 positive front, MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), up 7.5%, Diamond Resorts International ( DRII), up 4.8%, Full House Resorts ( FLL), up 3.8% and Rick's Cabaret International ( RICK), up 3.7% , were all gainers within the leisure industry with Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) being today's featured leisure industry leader.

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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