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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands rose 36 cents (0.8%) to $43.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7.8 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.01-$43.84 after having opened the day at $43.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.18. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Jamba ( JMBA), up 6.2%, Dover Motorsports ( DVD), up 5.3%, Fiesta Restaurant Group ( FRGI), up 4.8%, and Fiesta Restaurant Group ( FRGIV), up 4.8%.

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 $35.53 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 6.2%, Cosi ( COSI), down 5.3%, Lakes Entertainment ( LACO), down 5.3%, and Asia Entertainment & Resources ( AERL), down 3.4%, were all losers within the leisure industry with Priceline.com ( PCLN) being today's leisure industry loser.

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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