Ameristar Casino ( ASCA), meanwhile, is up 6.1% to $16.80, after being upgraded by Janney Capital Markets to buy from neutral.

Analyst Brian McGill said the upgrade is a result of lower capital spending and probable market share gain from its Black Hawk casino property in Colorado.

Other notable gainers include Boyd Gaming ( BYD), which is growing 6.1% to $8.18 and MGM Mirage ( MGM), which is up 5.4% to $10.28.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York

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