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 $0.64 (1.2%) to $53.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,538,822 shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,676,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.96-$53.31 after having opened the day at $52.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.48. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Ruth's Hospitality Group ( RUTH), up 6.3%, SeaWorld Entertainment ( SEAS), up 5.4%, Multimedia Games ( MGAM), up 4.0% and Nathans Famous ( NATH), up 3.9%.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $43.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Morgans Hotel Group Company ( MHGC), down 4.2%, PokerTek ( PTEK), down 4.1%, Chuy's Holdings ( CHUY), down 3.7% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Panera Bread Company ( PNRA) being today's leisure industry laggard.

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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