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MGM Resorts International



) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, MGM Resorts International rose $0.98 (3.9%) to $25.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,287,921 shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,997,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.19-$26.00 after having opened the day at $25.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.88. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were:

Forward Industries



), up 22.5%,

Builders FirstSource



), up 13.2%,

Multimedia Games



), up 12.3% and

YOU On Demand Holdings



), up 12.1%.

MGM Resorts International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. The company operates in two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front,




), down 8.4%,

Insignia Systems



), down 8.2%,

Lentuo International



), down 7.8% and

Teekay Tankers



), down 7.1%.

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) while those bearish on the services sector could consider

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