Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL): Today's Featured Leisure Laggard

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Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Royal Caribbean Cruises fell $0.47 (-1.2%) to $38.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,656,205 shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,624,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.31-$38.91 after having opened the day at $38.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.97. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), down 5.2%, Asia Entertainment & Resources ( AERL), down 3.0%, Hyatt Hotels Corporation ( H), down 2.9% and Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 1.9%.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. operates as a cruise company worldwide. It owns five cruise brands comprising Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, and CDF Croisieres de France. Royal Caribbean Cruises has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Royal Caribbean Cruises a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Caribbean Cruises as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), up 5.6%, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 5.2%, Century Casinos ( CNTY), up 4.0% and MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), up 3.9% , were all gainers within the leisure industry with Priceline.com ( PCLN) 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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