Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS): Today's Featured Services Loser

Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands fell 58 cents (-1.4%) to $42.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.75-$42.97 after having opened the day at $42.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.87. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 16.7%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 12.1%, Spar Group ( SGRP), down 11.2%, and UTEK ( INV), down 10.4%.

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 $35.37 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, FreeSeas ( FREE), up 15.1%, HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY), up 14.3%, American Reprographics Company ( ARP), up 12.7%, and Emmis Communications ( EMMS), up 12.2%, were all gainers within the services sector with Kroger ( KR) being today's featured services sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).
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