Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (MPEL): Today's Featured Leisure Loser
The leisure industry closed the day down 1.4%. Monarch Casino & Resort Inc (MCRI), Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc (HMIN), Benihana Inc (BNHNA), and Ctrip.com International (CTRP) were all decliners today within the leisure industry with Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL) being today's featured leisure loser. Melco Crown Entertainment fell 10 cents (-1.1%) to $9.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.9 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities primarily in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.9, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 81.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 50.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.
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