Starbucks Corporation (SBUX): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Starbucks Corporation rose $1.68 (2.3%) to $74.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,286,339 shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,454,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.69-$74.49 after having opened the day at $73.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.36. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Expedia ( EXPE), up 14.3%, Famous Dave's of America ( DAVE), up 7.3%, Chuy's Holdings ( CHUY), up 6.7% and Fiesta Restaurant Group ( FRGI), up 6.4%.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $53.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Bally Technologies ( BYI), down 4.0%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 3.3%, Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 2.6% and Caesars Acquisition ( CACQ), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Wyndham Worldwide Corporation ( WYN) 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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