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 1.6%. By the end of trading, Las Vegas Sands fell $3.17 (-3.9%) to $78.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,913,794 shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,048,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $77.76-$82.90 after having opened the day at $82.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.48. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 13.7%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 13.6%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 11.0% and DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 9.7%.

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 $67.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), up 26.8%, Synnex Corporation ( SNX), up 23.3%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), up 13.0% and Inuvo ( INUV), up 9.7%.

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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