Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill rose $7.88 (1.5%) to $531.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 408,505 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 405,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $523.48-$534.01 after having opened the day at $524.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $523.43. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Qunar Cayman Islands ( QUNR), up 10.7%, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 7.2%, Ignite Restaurant Group ( IRG), up 3.7% and Einstein Noah Restaurant Group ( BAGL), up 3.6%.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. As of October 15, 2013, the company operated approximately 1,500 restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 7.8%, 500.com Ltd ADR ( WBAI), down 4.9%, Home Inns & Hotels Management ( HMIN), down 3.6% and Dover Motorsports ( DVD), down 3.6% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Priceline.com ( PCLN) being today's leisure industry laggard.

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