5 Best Performing Leisure Stocks to Buy in 2023 Summer

5 Best Performing Leisure Stocks to Buy in 2023 Summer

Posted On June 26, 2023 10:10 am

With the pandemic well and truly in the rearview mirror, for most Americans, the onset of summer can only mean one thing: increased consumption. However, e-commerce, albeit with a few hiccups in the supply chain, was able to satiate the appetite for goods through the pandemic.
Hence, Americans are now going above and beyond to compensate for the years spent indoors trying to substitute real experiences with virtual ones. Think camping, cookouts, pool parties, and weekend trips.

Consumers are ever keener to redeem their airline miles on other travel rewards on their credit cards for new experiences through revenge travel.
Consequently, airlines, such as American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) , have turned to bigger airplanes, even on shorter routes, to help ease airport congestion and find their way around pilot shortages, while Ed Bastion, CEO of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) revealed, “We’ve had the 20 largest cash sales days in our history all occur this year.”

Moreover, as the consumer price index only grew by 4% year-over-year, which is the slowest in 2 years, a pause in interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve could add further momentum to the jump of 0.8% in spending in April.

The increased demand for, and consequently expenditure on, services and experiences are also evident in the recent employment data, with leisure and hospitality adding 208,000 positions out of the expectation-beating private sector employment increase of 278,000 for the month of May. The sector was also a notable contributor to the increase of 339,000 in non-farm payrolls for the month.

Given the above, leisure stocks could be smart investments to capitalize on the increased levels of outdoor activity. Here are a few stocks in the realm of traveling or recreational activities that stand to gain during the summer.

The Walt Disney Company (DIS)

While the global entertainment giant has recently been in the news for its ongoing feud with Gov. Ron DeSantis, outside the political and legal arena, DIS is going through a significant transition under the leadership of its returned CEO, Robert A. Iger.
In addition to the Disney Entertainment and the ESPN divisions, the rest of DIS’ businesses will be organized under the existing parks, experiences, and products division.

As a result, DIS reported significant growth at its theme parks during the fiscal second quarter, which saw a 17% increase in revenue to $7.7 billion, with around $5.5 billion contributed by theme-park locations. Moreover, its cruise business also saw an increase in passenger cruise days as guests spent more time and money visiting its parks, hotels, and cruises domestically and internationally during the quarter.

Marriott International (MAR)

Under various brand names, such as JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, and St. Regis, MAR operates, franchises, and licenses hotel, residential, timeshare, and other lodging properties through two geographical segments: U.S. & Canada and International.

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