Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS): Today's Featured Leisure Winner

Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands rose $2.38 (4.2%) to $58.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.2 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.93-$58.80 after having opened the day at $57.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.40. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), up 9.9%, Buffalo Wild Wings ( BWLD), up 9.2%, Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI), up 9%, and Cosi ( COSI), up 7.5%.

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 $41.75 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.5, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has not been very careful in the management of its balance sheet.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the leisure industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Leisure&Entert ( PEJ) while those bearish on the leisure industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services ( SCC).
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