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

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Expedia ( EXPE) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Expedia fell $0.92 (-1.2%) to $78.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,822,492 shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,195,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $78.17-$80.36 after having opened the day at $79.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.44. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Extended Stay America ( STAY), down 5.2%, Full House Resorts ( FLL), down 4.8%, Cosi ( COSI), down 4.5% and Bloomin Brands ( BLMN), down 4.1%.

Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.0% 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Noodles & Co Class A ( NDLS), up 7.9%, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), up 6.7%, Kona Grill ( KONA), up 6.2% and Papa John's International ( PZZA), up 5.9% , were all gainers within the leisure industry with Ctrip.com 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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