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 down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands fell $0.67 (-1.0%) to $65.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,998,241 shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,279,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.40-$66.39 after having opened the day at $65.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.36. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Cosi ( COSI), down 5.4%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 4.0%, International Speedway Corporation ( ISCA), down 3.7% and Luby's ( LUB), down 3.5%.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $54.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 43.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 8.3%, Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), up 2.6%, Renren ( RENN), up 2.0% and Noodles & Co Class A ( NDLS), up 1.8% , were all gainers within the leisure industry with Penn National Gaming ( PENN) 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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