3 Leisure Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 48 points (-0.3%) at 16,864 as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,073 issues advancing vs. 1,897 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 0.7%.

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

3. Tim Hortons ( THI) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Tim Hortons is up $0.62 (1.1%) to $55.62 on average volume. Thus far, 67,732 shares of Tim Hortons exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 150,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.03-$55.62 after having opened the day at $55.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.00.

Tim Hortons Inc. develops and franchises quick service restaurants primarily in Canada and the United States. Tim Hortons has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Tim Hortons a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tim Hortons as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Tim Hortons Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Panera Bread ( PNRA) is up $5.62 (3.8%) to $152.24 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Panera Bread exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 488,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $148.27-$154.80 after having opened the day at $148.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $146.62.

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. The company operates in three segments: Bakery-Cafe Operations, Franchise Operations, and Fresh Dough and Other Product Operations. Panera Bread has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Panera Bread a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Panera Bread as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Panera Bread Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is up $4.41 (0.7%) to $678.77 on average volume. Thus far, 181,636 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 458,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $676.00-$680.76 after having opened the day at $678.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $674.36.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops and operates fast-casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. As of July 21, 2014, it operated approximately 1,600 restaurants; and 7 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $21.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 26.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Chipotle Mexican Grill Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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