Dunkin Brands Group Inc (DNKN): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Dunkin Brands Group ( DNKN) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Dunkin Brands Group rose $0.51 (1.1%) to $48.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,466,083 shares of Dunkin Brands Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,156,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.10-$48.74 after having opened the day at $48.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.99. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Bloomin Brands ( BLMN), up 5.7%, Luby's ( LUB), up 3.5%, Carrols Restaurant Group ( TAST), up 3.4% and Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), up 2.9%.

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants under the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands worldwide. Dunkin Brands Group has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dunkin Brands Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dunkin Brands Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Diversified Restaurant Holdings ( BAGR), down 5.6%, Monarch Casino & Resort ( MCRI), down 4.5%, Chuy's Holdings ( CHUY), down 4.3% and China Lodging Group ( HTHT), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Expedia ( EXPE) 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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