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

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Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands rose $1.31 (2.6%) to $52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.83-$52.34 after having opened the day at $51.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.69. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: FreeSeas ( FREE), up 59.8%, CTC Media ( CTCM), up 16.4%, PokerTek ( PTEK), up 15.9%, and Mastech Holdings ( MHH), up 14.1%.
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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 $42.29 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), down 12.9%, TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 12.3%, DS Torm ( TRMD), down 11.4%, and American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), down 10.1%, were all laggards within the services sector with Macy's ( M) being today's services sector laggard.

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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