Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Las Vegas Sands

(

LVS

) as a "storm the castle" (crossing above the 200-day simple moving average on higher than normal relative volume) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Las Vegas Sands as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • LVS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $130.2 million.
  • LVS has traded 2.2 million shares today.
  • LVS is trading at 1.62 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • LVS crossed above its 200-day simple moving average.

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More details on LVS:

Las Vegas Sands Corp., together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 6.4%. LVS has a PE ratio of 2. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Las Vegas Sands has been 4.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $35.8 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. The stock has a beta of 1.78 and a short float of 2.7% with 4.67 days to cover. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Las Vegas Sands as a

buy

. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • LVS, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 11.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The share price of LAS VEGAS SANDS CORP has not done very well: it is down 12.17% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.
  • LAS VEGAS SANDS CORP's earnings per share declined by 37.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LAS VEGAS SANDS CORP reported lower earnings of $2.47 versus $3.51 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 5.1% in earnings ($2.35 versus $2.47).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 37.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $511.92 million to $320.17 million.

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