Priceline Group Inc (PCLN): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Priceline Group ( PCLN) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Priceline Group rose $47.09 (4.0%) to $1,234.63 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,479,519 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 916,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1,185.35-$1,235.09 after having opened the day at $1,197.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,187.54. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), up 9.5%, Cosi ( COSI), up 8.4%, SFX Entertainment ( SFXE), up 6.1% and Penn National Gaming ( PENN), up 5.3%.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as an online travel company. Priceline Group has a market cap of $61.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline Group 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 expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 4.8%, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 3.0%, Century Casinos ( CNTY), down 2.8% and 500.com ( WBAI), down 2.6%.

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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