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 down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands fell $1.23 (-1.5%) to $81.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,669,218 shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,763,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $81.25-$83.52 after having opened the day at $83.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.06. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Central European Media ( CETV), down 17.4%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 13.1%, Renren ( RENN), down 9.8% and Bluelinx Holdings ( BXC), down 9.6%.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. The company owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macau, the People's Republic of China. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $68.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Cosi ( COSI), up 14.3%, SmartPros ( SPRO), up 13.8%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 10.8% and Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 9.2% , were all gainers within the services sector with Big Lots ( BIG) 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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