Priceline.com Inc. (PCLN): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Priceline.com ( PCLN) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Priceline.com rose $12.63 (1.1%) to $1,126.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 550,734 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 625,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1,107.20-$1,128.83 after having opened the day at $1,117.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,113.49. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Yum Brands ( YUM), up 8.9%, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), up 8.1%, Dover Motorsports ( DVD), up 7.7% and Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), up 5.2%.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $58.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), down 6.0%, Caesars Acquisition ( CACQ), down 3.3%, 500.com Ltd ADR ( WBAI), down 2.7% and Famous Dave's of America ( DAVE), down 2.4%.

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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