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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 323 points (1.8%) at 17,908 as of Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,416 issues advancing vs. 715 declining with 85 unchanged.

The Leisure industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.8%. Top gainers within the Leisure industry included Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI), up 2.9%, Full House Resorts ( FLL), up 3.6%, Asia Entertainment & Resources ( IKGH), up 5.0%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), up 1.6% and Luby's ( LUB), up 5.4%.

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

Asia Entertainment & Resources ( IKGH) is one of the companies that pushed the Leisure industry higher today. Asia Entertainment & Resources was up $0.06 (5.0%) to $1.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 30,555 shares of Asia Entertainment & Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 57,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.20-$1.25 after having opened the day at $1.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.19.

Iao Kun Group Holding Company Limited, through its subsidiaries, promotes VIP gaming rooms in Macau, the People's Republic of China. Its VIP gaming rooms are located in City of Dreams Hotel & Casino, Sands Cotai Central, StarWorld Hotel and Casino, Galaxy Macau Resort, and Le Royal Arc Casino. Asia Entertainment & Resources has a market cap of $75.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Asia Entertainment & Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Asia Entertainment & Resources 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, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IKGH go as follows:

  • IAO KUN GROUP HOLDING CO LTD 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, IAO KUN GROUP HOLDING CO LTD reported lower earnings of $0.12 versus $1.65 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 50.0% in earnings ($0.06 versus $0.12).
  • 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 276.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.93 million to -$12.25 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, IAO KUN GROUP HOLDING CO LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $27.46 million or 27.26% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, IAO KUN GROUP HOLDING CO LTD has marginally lower results.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 60.70%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 281.81% 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Asia Entertainment & Resources Ratings Report

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At the close, Full House Resorts ( FLL) was up $0.05 (3.6%) to $1.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,720 shares of Full House Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.37-$1.44 after having opened the day at $1.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.39.

Full House Resorts, Inc. owns, develops, manages, and invests in gaming-related enterprises. Full House Resorts has a market cap of $25.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FLL go as follows:

  • 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.
  • FLL's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 50.86%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • FLL, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 9.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • FULL HOUSE RESORTS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth 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 (-$0.14 versus -$0.21).
  • 47.74% is the gross profit margin for FULL HOUSE RESORTS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.32% is in-line with the industry average.

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 $0.02 (2.9%) to $0.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,800 shares of Premier Exhibitions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 62,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.56-$0.60 after having opened the day at $0.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.58.

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 $29.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 44.45% 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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