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

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Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Starbucks Corporation fell $1.06 (-1.4%) to $73.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,437,164 shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,652,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.94-$75.00 after having opened the day at $74.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.03. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 6.1%, Dover Motorsports ( DVD), down 3.0%, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 2.9% and Panera Bread Company ( PNRA), down 2.8%.

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 $56.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 positive front, Renren ( RENN), up 11.2%, Ltd ADR ( WBAI), up 7.9%, Flanigan's ( BDL), up 4.5% and Caesars Acquisition ( CACQ), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the leisure industry with International ( CTRP) being today's featured leisure industry leader.

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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