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Casino Stock Winners and Losers: MGM Mirage

MGM Mirage shares rise as Kirk Kerkorian increases his stake and a JPMorgan analyst raises his price target.

Updated from 11:07 a.m. EDT

MGM Mirage

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shares surged Monday on an analyst upgrade and news that billionaire majority stake holder Kirk Kerkorian's investment vehicle bought 14.3 million shares.

MGM shares closed up 14% to $8.74.

Before the purchase at $7 a share, Kekorian's Tracinda Corp. had held a 53.8% stake in the casino operator. That stake is now about 42%, reduced by a recent stock offering that raised $1 billion.

Joseph Greff of JPMorgan upgraded the stock to overweight from neutral and raised his year-end price target to $11 from $9. Greff cited MGM's improved liquidity following last week's

$2.5 billion capital-raising

and the "view that sell-side/buy-side investor expectations for MGM's same-store LV Strip portfolio for '09-'10 are really low and there is an almost uniformly negative expectation for

CityCenter

."

Elsewhere among casino stocks, shares of

Las Vegas Sands

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closed higher by 11.6% to $10.30.

Wynn Entertainment

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Boyd Gaming

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finished up 12.6% to $10.67.

Penn National Gaming

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was up 5.6% to $32.07.

Melco Crown Entertainment

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was up 6.4% to $5.81.

Ameristar Casinos

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finished up 6.9% to $20.06.

Isle of Capri Casinos

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was up 7.3% to $12.73.