Wendy's Co (WEN): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Wendy's ( WEN) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Wendy's rose $0.16 (1.6%) to $10.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,438,516 shares of Wendy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,720,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.00-$10.19 after having opened the day at $10.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.99. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Bloomin Brands ( BLMN), up 14.2%, Bravo Brio Restaurant Group ( BBRG), up 7.1%, Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), up 3.4% and Home Inns & Hotels Management ( HMIN), up 3.3%.

The Wendy's Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and franchises Wendy's restaurant system. It engages in operating, developing, and franchising a system of distinctive quick-service restaurants. Wendy's has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Wendy's a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wendy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group ( BAGL), down 6.8%, Renren ( RENN), down 5.1%, 500.com Ltd ADR ( WBAI), down 4.3% and SFX Entertainment ( SFXE), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) 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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