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 closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands fell $0.55 (-1.0%) to $54.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,686,753 shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,390,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.90-$54.82 after having opened the day at $54.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.95. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Ruby Tuesday ( RT), down 13.7%, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 4.0%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 2.6% and Fiesta Restaurant Group ( FRGI), down 2.5%.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $46.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 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 positive front, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), up 8.7%, Monarch Casino & Resort ( MCRI), up 7.6%, Nathans Famous ( NATH), up 6.2% and Frisch's Restaurants ( FRS), up 5.6% , were all gainers within the leisure industry with Priceline.com ( PCLN) being today's featured leisure industry leader.

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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