Expedia Inc. (EXPE): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Expedia ( EXPE) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Expedia rose $1.60 (2.0%) to $79.62 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,653,344 shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,138,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.55-$80.68 after having opened the day at $78.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.02. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Qunar Cayman Islands ( QUNR), up 5.4%, Six Flags Entertainment ( SIX), up 4.6%, Panera Bread Company ( PNRA), up 3.7% and Home Inns & Hotels Management ( HMIN), up 3.1%.

EXPE is a leading internet online travel company where end users can make hotel, air, rental car and vacation package bookings. EXPE also sells advertising to third parties via its network of websites. EXPE is the largest player globally with approximately 40% U.S. Expedia has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Expedia a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expedia as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Potbelly Corporation ( PBPB), down 8.7%, Renren ( RENN), down 5.6%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 4.6% and Cosi ( COSI), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Priceline.com ( PCLN) 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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