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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 115 points (0.7%) at 17,091 as of Friday, July 18, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,387 issues advancing vs. 565 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Leisure industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Leisure industry included Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), up 3.5%, Dover Motorsports ( DVD), up 1.8%, Red Lion Hotels ( RLH), up 1.8%, Ark Restaurants ( ARKR), up 1.6% and Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), up 14.3%.

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

Red Lion Hotels ( RLH) is one of the companies that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Red Lion Hotels was up $0.10 (1.8%) to $5.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,359 shares of Red Lion Hotels exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.45-$5.65 after having opened the day at $5.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.55.

Red Lion Hotels Corporation, a hospitality and leisure company, owns, operates, and franchises hotels under its Red Lion Hotels, Red Lion Inns & Suites, and Leo Hotel Collection brands. It operates in three segments: Hotels, Franchise, and Entertainment. Red Lion Hotels has a market cap of $110.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Red Lion Hotels a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Red Lion Hotels as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RLH go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry average. The net income has decreased by 13.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$3.11 million to -$3.52 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, RED LION HOTELS CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for RED LION HOTELS CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 2.59%. Regardless of RLH's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RLH's net profit margin of -11.57% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, RLH has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 11.27% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • RED LION HOTELS CORP's earnings per share declined by 13.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RED LION HOTELS CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.43 versus -$0.58 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Red Lion Hotels Ratings Report

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At the close, Dover Motorsports ( DVD) was up $0.05 (1.8%) to $2.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,214 shares of Dover Motorsports exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.79-$2.82 after having opened the day at $2.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.77.

Dover Motorsports, Inc., through its subsidiaries, markets and promotes motorsports entertainment in the United States. The company promotes events under the auspices of the sanctioning body in motorsports, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Dover Motorsports has a market cap of $50.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Dover Motorsports a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Dover Motorsports as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DVD go as follows:

  • DVD's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 7.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 57.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, DVD's share price has jumped by 33.17%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.34, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.19 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • DOVER MOTORSPORTS INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DOVER MOTORSPORTS INC reported lower earnings of $0.05 versus $0.12 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.16 versus $0.05).
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, DOVER MOTORSPORTS INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Dover Motorsports Ratings Report

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Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN) was another company that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Nevada Gold & Casinos was up $0.04 (3.5%) to $1.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,645 shares of Nevada Gold & Casinos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.15-$1.20 after having opened the day at $1.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.15.

Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc., a gaming company, engages in financing, developing, owning, and operating gaming properties and projects primarily in Washington, South Dakota, and Colorado. The company operates in four segments: Washington Gold, South Dakota Gold, Corporate, and Assets. Nevada Gold & Casinos has a market cap of $18.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 16.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Nevada Gold & Casinos a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nevada Gold & Casinos as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UWN go as follows:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.46, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, UWN has a quick ratio of 1.59, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 37.29% is the gross profit margin for NEVADA GOLD & CASINOS INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of UWN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, UWN's net profit margin of -1.37% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.41 million or 69.13% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 186.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.24 million to -$0.20 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Nevada Gold & Casinos Ratings Report

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