3 Stocks Raising The Leisure Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 27 points (0.2%) at 16,518 as of Monday, May 19, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,874 issues advancing vs. 1,111 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Leisure industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Leisure industry included Full House Resorts ( FLL), up 2.6%, Flanigan's ( BDL), up 4.0%, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L ( CCSC), up 3.9%, MTR Gaming Group ( MNTG), up 2.5% and Cosi ( COSI), up 8.7%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

MTR Gaming Group ( MNTG) is one of the companies that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. MTR Gaming Group was up $0.12 (2.5%) to $4.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,909 shares of MTR Gaming Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.62-$4.92 after having opened the day at $4.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.80.

MTR Gaming Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in racing, gaming, and entertainment businesses. MTR Gaming Group has a market cap of $137.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate MTR Gaming Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates MTR Gaming Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MNTG go as follows:

  • MTR GAMING GROUP INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, MTR GAMING GROUP INC reported poor results of -$0.33 versus -$0.20 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 690.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.79 million to -$6.21 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, MTR GAMING GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3655.97 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, MNTG has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 2.01, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • MNTG, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 6.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: MTR Gaming Group Ratings Report

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At the close, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L ( CCSC) was up $0.36 (3.9%) to $9.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,977 shares of Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.19-$9.99 after having opened the day at $9.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.16.

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co., Ltd. operates a quick service restaurant chain in the People's Republic of China. The company specializes in serving Sichuan-style fast food over the counter. As of December 31, 2013, it operated 293 restaurants. Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L has a market cap of $243.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L as a hold. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CCSC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • CCSC has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.95, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 52.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.20 million to $0.57 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, COUNTRY STYLE COOK's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L Ratings Report

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Full House Resorts ( FLL) was another company that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Full House Resorts was up $0.04 (2.6%) to $1.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 49,413 shares of Full House Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.49-$1.58 after having opened the day at $1.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.54.

Full House Resorts, Inc. owns, develops, manages, and invests in gaming-related enterprises. Full House Resorts has a market cap of $28.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 45.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Full House Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Full House Resorts as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FLL go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 181.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.83 million to -$2.35 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, FULL HOUSE RESORTS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 52.67%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 225.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • FULL HOUSE RESORTS INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FULL HOUSE RESORTS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.21 versus $1.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.01 versus -$0.21).
  • FLL, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 6.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 16.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Full House Resorts Ratings Report

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