3 Stocks Boosting The Leisure Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.1%) at 18,080 as of Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,119 issues advancing vs. 1,860 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was McDonald's ( MCD), up 0.7%.

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

3. Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands is up $0.40 (0.8%) to $52.25 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.31-$52.42 after having opened the day at $51.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.85.

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Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. The company owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macau, the People's Republic of China. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $42.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $1.07 (1.2%) to $90.81 on light volume. Thus far, 942,181 shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.08-$90.86 after having opened the day at $89.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.74.

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YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants. It operates in five segments: YUM China, YUM India, the KFC Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and the Taco Bell Division. Yum Brands has a market cap of $38.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 23.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 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 notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Starbucks ( SBUX) is up $0.45 (0.9%) to $49.95 on light volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Starbucks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.00-$49.98 after having opened the day at $49.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.50.

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Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa; China/Asia Pacific; and Channel Development. Starbucks has a market cap of $74.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 20 analysts who rate Starbucks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Starbucks 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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