3 Stocks Advancing The Leisure Industry

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 17,098 as of Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,137 issues advancing vs. 890 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Leisure industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Leisure industry included Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI), up 7.2%, Full House Resorts ( FLL), up 1.9%, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L ( CCSC), up 1.8%, Lakes Entertainment ( LACO), up 1.6% and Asia Entertainment & Resources ( IKGH), up 4.5%.

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

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L ( CCSC) is one of the companies that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L was up $0.13 (1.8%) to $7.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,626 shares of Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.08-$7.27 after having opened the day at $7.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.06.

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 March 31, 2014, it operated 303 restaurants. Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L has a market cap of $190.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 29.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 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 5.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.7%. 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 3.77, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The gross profit margin for COUNTRY STYLE COOK is rather low; currently it is at 22.77%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.96% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $5.28 million or 42.57% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

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

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At the close, Full House Resorts ( FLL) was up $0.02 (1.9%) to $1.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 26,214 shares of Full House Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 78,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.03-$1.08 after having opened the day at $1.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.05.

Full House Resorts, Inc. owns, develops, manages, and invests in gaming-related enterprises. Full House Resorts has a market cap of $18.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 62.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Full House Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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, weak operating cash flow, 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 287.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.58 million to -$1.08 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $1.81 million or 65.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 64.71%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 300.00% 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 (-$0.11 versus -$0.21).

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

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Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI) was another company that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Premier Exhibitions was up $0.05 (7.2%) to $0.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 80,555 shares of Premier Exhibitions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 78,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.64-$0.74 after having opened the day at $0.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.69.

Premier Exhibitions, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in presenting museum-quality touring exhibitions to public worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Exhibition Management and RMS Titanic. Premier Exhibitions has a market cap of $32.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 40.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Premier Exhibitions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Premier Exhibitions 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 disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PRXI go as follows:

  • PREMIER EXHIBITIONS 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, PREMIER EXHIBITIONS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.01 versus $0.03 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 224.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.97 million to -$1.21 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, PREMIER EXHIBITIONS 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 59.77%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 200.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • 41.17% is the gross profit margin for PREMIER EXHIBITIONS INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, PRXI's net profit margin of -16.17% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Premier Exhibitions Ratings Report

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