Las Vegas Sands

(

LVS

) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands rose 78 cents (2.1%) to $37.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13.8 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.82-$38.29 after having opened the day at $36.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.76. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were:

Chanticleer Holdings

(

HOTR

), up 24.1%,

Frisch's Restaurants

(

FRS

), up 18%,

Empire Resorts

(

NYNY

), up 6.7%, and

Orbitz Worldwide

(

OWW

), up 6.3%.

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Las Vegas Sands Corp., together with its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates various integrated resort properties primarily in the United States, Macau, and Singapore. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $29.96 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 19.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Ctrip.com International

(

CTRP

), down 6.3%,

China Lodging Group

(

HTHT

), down 5.2%,

Canterbury Park Holding Corporation

(

CPHC

), down 3.6%, and

BJ's Restaurants

(

BJRI

), down 3.5%, were all laggards within the leisure industry with

Chipotle Mexican Grill

(

CMG

) being today's leisure industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the leisure industry could consider

PowerShares Dynamic Leisure&Entert

(

PEJ

) while those bearish on the leisure industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services

(

SCC

).

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