Shares of casino companies were mostly higher Friday, and

Las Vegas Sands

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may be spinning off its Macau assets, according to a report.

Dow Jones Newswires

reported that the company has hired

Goldman Sachs

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to manage the offering, which will include the Venetian resort. Las Vegas Sands didn't confirm the story, which said the listing would be in Hong Kong. The company has a heavy debt burden and has seen a downturn in its revenue, as many casinos have. Shares were recently trading up 6.7% to $10.06.

Elsewhere,

MGM Mirage

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was up 5% to $8.15.

Wynn Entertainment

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was up 0.9% to $39.80.

Boyd Gaming

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was higher by 2.7% to $9.89.

Penn National Gaming

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was up 1.6% to $31.16.

Ameristar Casinos

(ASCA)

was up 2.9% to $19.14.

Isle of Capri Casinos

(ISLE)

was down 0.8% to $11.55.

Melco Crown Entertainment

(MPEL)

was up 2.9% to $5.64.

Pinnacle Entertainment

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was up 3.1% to $11.54.