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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 263 points (1.6%) at 16,380 as of Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,043 issues advancing vs. 1,068 declining with 100 unchanged.

The Leisure industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Top gainers within the Leisure industry included Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI), up 1.9%, Red Lion Hotels ( RLH), up 1.6%, Diversified Restaurant Holdings ( BAGR), up 3.6%, Flanigan's ( BDL), up 1.5% and Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co L ( CCSC), up 4.0%.

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

Diversified Restaurant Holdings ( BAGR) is one of the companies that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Diversified Restaurant Holdings was up $0.17 (3.6%) to $4.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,133 shares of Diversified Restaurant Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.84-$5.01 after having opened the day at $5.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.72.

Diversified Restaurant Holdings has a market cap of $125.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close, Red Lion Hotels ( RLH) was up $0.09 (1.6%) to $5.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,630 shares of Red Lion Hotels exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.47-$5.60 after having opened the day at $5.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.50.

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 $107.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.1% 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 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 increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RLH go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.35, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • RED LION HOTELS CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past 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.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength 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 14.38%. 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, the net profit margin of 12.85% trails the industry average.

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

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Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI) was another company that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Premier Exhibitions was up $0.01 (1.9%) to $0.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 19,813 shares of Premier Exhibitions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 82,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.75-$0.79 after having opened the day at $0.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.74.

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 $36.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 36.1% 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 and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PRXI go as follows:

  • PREMIER EXHIBITIONS INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. 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 2566.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.06 million to -$1.65 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.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 46.33% over the past year. 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.
  • 36.48% 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 -19.92% 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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