Yum Brands Inc (YUM): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

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Yum Brands ( YUM) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Yum Brands rose $0.88 (1.1%) to $77.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,811,701 shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,394,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.47-$77.87 after having opened the day at $76.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.79. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), up 10.1%, Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI), up 6.9%, Carrols Restaurant Group ( TAST), up 6.4% and Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), up 2.6%.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $33.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), down 18.4%, 500.com ( WBAI), down 7.0%, SFX Entertainment ( SFXE), down 6.5% and Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 6.4% , 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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