3 Leisure Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 16,949 as of Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,589 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%.

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

3. Dunkin Brands Group ( DNKN) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Dunkin Brands Group is up $0.57 (1.3%) to $44.62 on average volume. Thus far, 795,318 shares of Dunkin Brands Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.22-$44.93 after having opened the day at $44.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.05.

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Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants under the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands worldwide. Dunkin Brands Group has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Dunkin Brands Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dunkin Brands Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Dunkin Brands Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Marriott International ( MAR) is up $0.38 (0.6%) to $68.50 on light volume. Thus far, 771,321 shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.87-$68.53 after having opened the day at $68.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.13.

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Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and timeshare properties worldwide. The company operates through four segments: North American Full-Service, North American Limited-Service, International, and Luxury. Marriott International has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 38.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Marriott International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marriott International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Marriott International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.80 (1.1%) to $73.29 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.48-$73.47 after having opened the day at $72.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.49.

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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 $31.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Yum Brands 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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