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Viva Lost Wages: 8 Casino Stocks That Are on a Roll

8. Boyd Gaming (BYD)

Company profile: Boyd, with a market value of $718 million, operates 16 casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 8.7% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 10%. Analysts give its shares one "buy" rating, two "buy/holds," 14 "holds," two "weak holds," and two "sells," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts estimate that it will earn 28 cents per share this year, and that that will grow to 42 cents next year.

7. Isle of Capri Casinos (ISLE)

Company profile: Isle of Capri, with a market value of $258 million, operates 13 casinos in the U.S., from Mississippi to Kansas City, Mo., three casinos in the United Kingdom, and one in the Bahamas.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 39% this year, but have a three-year, average annual loss of 9%. Analysts give its shares five "buy" ratings, one "buy/hold," and six "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

6. Ameristar Casinos (ASCA)

Company profile: Ameristar, with a market value of $628 million, owns and operates eight casinos in seven locations, from Chicago to Nevada. Each of its properties includes hotels, restaurants, bars, and casino gaming floors. Slot machines account for most of its revenue.

Dividend Yield: 2.71%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 7.3% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 12%. Analysts give its shares eight "buy" ratings, and eight "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts estimate it will earn $2.23 per share this year and $2.42 in year 2013, a 9% increase.

5. Penn National Gaming (PENN - Get Report)

Company profile: Penn National, with a market value of $3.6 billion, is the second-largest operator of regional casinos in the U.S., with over $2.4 billion in revenue and over 20 properties in 14 states and Canada.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 17% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 16%. Analysts give its shares six "buy" ratings, six "buy/holds," 10 "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts estimate that it will earn $2.26 per share this year and $2.70 in 2012, which is 19% growth.

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