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

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Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands fell $0.93 (-1.6%) to $56.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,967,500 shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,550,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.80-$56.71 after having opened the day at $56.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.10. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Expedia ( EXPE), down 9.9%, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 4.9%, Orient-Express Hotels ( OEH), down 3.6% and Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), down 3.5%.
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Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $45.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 8.4%, PokerTek ( PTEK), down 5.7%, Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), down 5.7% and Famous Dave's of America ( DAVE), down 5.2%.

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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