Morning Market Bellwether: Carnival, Darden Restaurants, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Brinker Intl. Editor Note: For more information about this release, please scroll to bottom PR Newswire LONDON, December 20, 2013 LONDON, December 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, December 19, 2013, the U.S. equity market mostly edged lower. The S&P 500 ended the day at 1,809.60, down 0.06%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 16,179.08, up 0.07%; and the NASDAQ Composite Index finished at 4,058.14, down 0.29%. The S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary Sector Index closed the session at 518.45, down 0.16%; and the S&P 500 Hotels Restaurants & Leisure Industry Index closed 0.50% lower at 742.93. The S&P 500 Hotels Restaurants & Leisure Industry Index has gained 2.43% in the previous three months, underperforming the S&P 500, which has gained 5.07% during the same period. The major movers in the industry included Carnival Corp.(NYSE: CCL), Darden Restaurants Inc.(NYSE: DRI),Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd(NYSE: RCL), and Brinker International Inc. (NYSE: EAT). All these companies are tracked by AAAResearchReports.com. Free technical research on CCL, DRI, RCL, and EAT can be downloaded upon signing up at: http://www.aaaresearchreports.com/register/ Carnival Corp.'s stock surged 2.53% on Thursday, closing the day at $38.05, after oscillating between $37.29 and $38.84 during the trading session. A total of 16.53 million shares were traded, which is above the daily average volume of 4.83 million. The company's shares have gained 4.33% in the previous three trading sessions and 6.85% in the last one month, outperforming the S&P 500, which has advanced 1.29% and 1.22% during the respective periods. Furthermore, Carnival Corp.'s stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages of $35.01 and $34.94, respectively. Sign up today to read free research report on CCL at: http://www.AAAResearchReports.com/CCL122013.pdf On Thursday, Darden Restaurants Inc.'s plummeted 3.59%, closing the day at $51.02, after fluctuating between $49.35 and $51.82 during the trading session. A total of 14.86 million shares were traded, which is above the daily average volume of 1.91 million. Despite Thursday's losses, the company's shares have lost 3.30%% in the last one month, underperforming the S&P 500, which has gained 1.22% during the same period. Additionally, Darden Restaurants Inc.'s stock is trading above its 200-day moving average of $50.45. Register to download free technical analysis on DRI at: http://www.AAAResearchReports.com/DRI122013.pdf Shares in Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd surged 2.62% on Thursday, hitting a new 52-week high of $46.16. The company's shares finished the day at $45.91, after vacillating between $45.23 and $46.16 during the trading session. A total of 3.83 million shares were traded, which is above the daily average volume of 1.67 million. The company's shares have gained 13.53% in the previous three months and 6.82% in the last one month, compared to a gain of 5.07% and 1.22% in the S&P 500 during the respective periods. Moreover, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd's stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages of $42.21 and $37.45, respectively. A free report on RCL can be accessed by registering at: http://www.AAAResearchReports.com/RCL122013.pdf Brinker International Inc. declined on Thursday, ending day at $45.13, down 1.78% from the previous day's closing price of $45.95. The company's shares fluctuated between $44.99 and $45.82 during the trading session. A total of 1.11 million shares were traded, which is above the daily average volume of 1.04 million. Despite Thursday's pullback, the company's shares have gained 6.67% in the previous three months, outperforming the S&P 500, which has gained 5.07% during the same period. Further, Brinker International Inc.'s stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages of $44.56 and $40.90, respectively. Register with AAA Research Reports and download the research on EAT for free at: http://www.AAAResearchReports.com/EAT122013.pdf ---- EDITOR NOTES: 1.This is not company news. We are an independent source and our views do not reflect the companies mentioned. 2.Information in this release is fact checked and produced on a best efforts basis and reviewed by Ananya Ghosh, a CFA charterholder. However, we are only human and are prone to make mistakes. 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Morning Market Bellwether: Carnival, Darden Restaurants, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Brinker Intl.