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Casino Stock Winners and Losers: Penn National Gaming

An analyst, noting the stock's 60% run-up since March, downgrades it from buy to hold.

Shares of most major casino companies were higher on Tuesday with the overall market, but

Penn National Gaming


was trading lower after it received a downgrade.

Justin Sebastiano of Morgan Joseph downgraded Penn to hold from buy. He put a buy rating on the stock in March, noting its solid balance sheet and well-run casinos and racinos.

Since that time, the market has caught up, according to the analyst, and the gap between Penn's stock price and $25 price target has narrowed. Shares were down 2% to $27.01 in recent trading Tuesday. The stock has risen 60% since Sebastiano's last report.

"Let us be clear, Penn National is still one of our favorite casino operators, but the stock is not, at these levels," Sebastiano wrote.


MGM Mirage


was higher by 6.6% to $5.35.

Las Vegas Sands


was up 6.2% to $4.93.

Boyd Gaming


was up 4.9% to $5.63.

Wynn Entertainment


was up 1.8% to $30.99.

Ameristar Casinos


was up 1.7% to $14.02.

Melco Crown Entertainment


was down 0.2% to $4.20.

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