3 Stocks Hitting 52-Week Highs: LVS, IHG, UA

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Shares of the following stocks hit 52-week highs on Tuesday: Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), Intercontinental Hotels Group ( IHG) and Under Armour ( UA).

Las Vegas Sands

The resort company's Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Adelson said that there is no reason for the company to try to partner with Kazuo Okada on Asian ventures, according to Bloomberg.

"Japan is the most important growth opportunity, but any decision is likely a ways off," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a Feb. 15 report. "Meantime, Korea and Vietnam are perhaps larger focuses than we appreciated, with a focus on policy changes there (e.g. taxes and levies on locals). We see Korea as perhaps the most exciting near-term big opportunity and believe LVS is building out a top-tier development organization to support its efforts abroad."

Shares of Las Vegas Sands hit a 52-week high Tuesday of $54.80. The stock's 52-week low of $36.05 was set on March 15.

Las Vegas Sands has an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 17.66; the average for gambling companies is 15.19. For comparison, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) has a lower forward P/E of 16.98.

Twenty-three of the 28 analysts who cover Las Vegas Sands rated it buy. Three analysts gave the stock a hold rating and two rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Las Vegas Sands a C+ grade and hold rating.

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Intercontinental Hotels Group

The hotel company's Americas President Kirk Kinsell said Las Vegas Sands plans to open 100 Even Hotels in the next five years, Bloomberg reported.

"IHG has today announced the launch of its new US mainstream brand, EVEN. Thebrand will be focused on 'Wellness'," Jefferies analysts wrote in a report Tuesday. "IHG expects to invest up to $150m in the brand over the next three years, and sign management and franchise contracts for 100 hotels in the next five years. We do not expect a material impact on forecasts over the next three years."

Shares of Intercontinental Hotels Group hit a 52-week high Tuesday of $22.92. The stock's 52-week low of $14.65 was set on Oct. 4.

Intercontinental Hotels Group has a forward P/E of 16.31; the average for hotels companies is 13.86.

All five of the analysts who cover Intercontinental Hotel Groups rated it buy.

Intercontinental Hotels Group gets an A- grade from TheStreet Ratings with a buy rating and $25.51 price target.


Under Armour

The apparel company's stock was upgraded to overweight at Morgan Stanley last week.

"We upgrade UA to Overweight, add it to the MS Best Ideas List and raise our 2013estimates 11% above consensus," the firm wrote in a Feb. 24 report.

Shares of Under Armour hit a 52-week high of $88.90 on Tuesday. The stock's 52-week low of $52.62 was set on Aug. 19.

Under Armour has a forward P/E of 29.7; the average for clothing and accessories companies is 20.68. For comparison, Hanesbrands ( HBI) and Columbia Sportswear ( COLM) both have lower forward P/Es of 8.83 and 14.2, respectively.

Fourteen of the 27 analysts who cover Under Armour rated it hold. Eleven analysts gave it a buy rating and two rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Under Armour a B grade with a buy rating and $108.15price target. The stock has risen 21.74% year to date.

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