3 Leisure Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 148 points (-0.8%) at 17,892 as of Friday, June 12, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,046 issues advancing vs. 1,919 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.3%, and MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 1.5%.

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

3. Buffalo Wild Wings ( BWLD) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Buffalo Wild Wings is up $4.70 (3.0%) to $160.65 on heavy volume. Thus far, 766,621 shares of Buffalo Wild Wings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 514,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $157.28-$161.09 after having opened the day at $157.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.96.

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Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. owns, operates, and franchises restaurants. The company's restaurants provide various food products, and nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Buffalo Wild Wings has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Buffalo Wild Wings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Buffalo Wild Wings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Buffalo Wild Wings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Darden Restaurants ( DRI) is up $1.23 (1.8%) to $68.28 on average volume. Thus far, 794,219 shares of Darden Restaurants exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.19-$68.44 after having opened the day at $67.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.05.

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Darden Restaurants, Inc. owns and operates full service restaurants in the United States and Canada. It operates restaurants under the Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's, and Yard House brand names. Darden Restaurants has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Darden Restaurants a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darden Restaurants as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Darden Restaurants Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is up $6.19 (1.0%) to $612.05 on light volume. Thus far, 193,994 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 551,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $604.02-$612.40 after having opened the day at $604.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $605.86.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops and operates fast-casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. As of April 21, 2015, it operated approximately 1,800 restaurants, including 19 Chipotle restaurants and 10 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Chipotle Mexican Grill 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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