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

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Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands fell $1.23 (-1.6%) to $78.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,668,946 shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,171,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $77.81-$79.67 after having opened the day at $79.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.58. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Dolan ( DM), down 20.3%, International ( CTRP), down 7.8%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 7.8% and Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 5.1%.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $64.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Radio One ( ROIAK), up 25.6%, Radio One ( ROIA), up 24.9%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 19.0% and PDI ( PDII), up 15.2% , were all gainers within the services sector with United Continental Holdings ( UAL) being today's featured services sector leader.

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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