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 1.1%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill rose $11.91 (2.2%) to $557.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 531,704 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 433,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $539.00-$561.51 after having opened the day at $539.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $545.74. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), up 28.8%, Qunar Cayman Islands ( QUNR), up 13.5%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 10.2% and Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 10.1%.

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 $16.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), down 2.5%, Iao Kun Group Holding Company ( IKGH), down 2.2%, Lakes Entertainment ( LACO), down 2.2% and Diversified Restaurant Holdings ( BAGR), down 1.8% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) 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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