Las Vegas Sands

(

LVS

) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands fell $1.40 (-2.9%) to $46.18 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19.8 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $45-$47.76 after having opened the day at $47.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.58. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were:

Peoples Educational Holdings

(

PEDH

), down 33.1%,

American Learning

(

ALRN

), down 21.2%,

Mecox Lane

(

MCOX

), down 17.2%, and

Pointer Telocation

(

PNTR

), down 15.3%.

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 $40.34 billion and is part of the

leisure

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.9, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has not been very careful in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front,

Talbots

(

TLB

), up 89.2%,

CE Franklin

(

CFK

), up 32.3%,

DS Torm

(

TRMD

), up 18.8%, and

Document Security Systems

(

DSS

), up 16.6%, were all gainers within the services sector with

Costco Wholesale Corporation

(

COST

) being today's featured services sector winner.

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

iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services

(

IYC

) while those bearish on the services sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers

(

SCC

).

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