Updated from 1:07 p.m. EDT
led casino stocks higher on Monday following a weekend report that it would be selling two of its properties to raise cash.
The Wall Street Journal
reported Saturday that the Las Vegas-based company has hired Morgan Stanley and is considering selling the MGM Grand Detroit in Michigan and the Biloxi Beau Rivage in Mississippi, for potential proceeds of $2 billion.
reported late Monday that Colony Capital, a Los Angeles-baed private-equity firm, is considering an investment in MGM's debt.
MGM shares closed at $5.53, up 19%, or 88 cents, after trading as high as $6.70 earlier.
Las Vegas Sands
finished up 48 cents, or 11% to $4.96.
closed up $1.55, or 5.2% to $32.20, following an upgrade. Robin Farley of UBS, in upgrading the company's shares to buy from neutral, notes that Wynn has no debt due this year and holds about $1.6 billion in cash.
shares were higher by 2.2%, or 12 cents to $5.62 despite a downgrade by SMH Capital from accumulate to neutral.
Melco Crown Entertainment
shares were down 1.5%, or 7 cents to $4.51.
Penn National Gaming
shares were down 3.3%, or 91 cents to $26.40, following an earlier SMH Capital downgrade from accumulate to reduce.