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March 11, 2014
12:28 EDTISLE, BYD, DDE, PNK, MCRI, PENNCasino operators climb after hedge fund discloses Boyd Gaming stake
The shares of a number of U.S. casino operators focused on properties outside of Las Vegas are rising after a hedge fund announced a significant stake in one of the companies in the sector, Boyd Gaming (BYD). WHAT'S NEW: Hedge fund Elliott Management last night disclosed that it had obtained 4.99% of Boyd's outstanding shares and an additional 2.05% exposure to the stock through derivatives. Elliott’s filing status allows the fund to seek talks with Boyd’s management or its board regarding a variety of strategic alternatives, but the filing said the fund has no present plan or proposal to engage management. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Janney Capital called Boyd Gaming shares expensive. The company is unlikely to be sold for much above its current share price, given the stock's high valuation, wrote the firm, which has a $9 price target and Neutral rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Companies that own U.S. casinos outside of Las Vegas have reported largely disappointing results in recent weeks, with Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) and Isle of Capri (ISLE) announcing results that missed expectations. Meanwhile, Penn National (PENN) reported lower than expected fourth quarter revenue and provided weaker than expected first quarter guidance last month. Separately, well-known investor Leon Cooperman disclosed on February 25 that he had sold his stake in Penn National last quarter. Another in the space, Monarch Casino (MCRI), reported higher than expected revenue but profits that came in below analysts' consensus estimate. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Pinnacle Entertainment jumped 5.4% to $25.60, Isle of Capri advanced 2.5% to $8.72, Dover Downs Gaming (DDE) climbed 1.9% to $1.58, and Boyd Gaming jumped 18% to $13.90. Bucking the trend, Penn National slid 0.9% to $12.77 and Monarch Casino dropped 1.5% to $18.95.
News For BYD;PENN;PNK;ISLE;MCRI;DDE From The Last 14 Days
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February 8, 2016
08:31 EDTMCRIMonarch Casino CFO Ron Rowan resigns
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February 4, 2016
07:05 EDTPENNPenn National sees Q1 revenue $756.9M, consensus $724.88M
Sees Q1 adjusted EBITDA $203.1M.
07:05 EDTPENNPenn National sees FY16 revenue $3.054B, consensus $3.04B
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07:04 EDTPENNPenn National reports Q4 revenue $734M, consensus $739.3M
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February 3, 2016
10:25 EDTDDELong Tail reports 5.25% passive stake in Dover Downs
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January 29, 2016
09:35 EDTBYD, PENNNevada reports Statewide December gaming win up 3.31% to $982.06M
The state also reports Las Vegas Strip December gaming win up 8.2% compared to last year at $600.75M compared to last year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesars (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
January 28, 2016
07:51 EDTDDEDover Downs reports Q4 EPS 2c vs. (2c) last year
Reports Q4 revenue $46.11M vs. $45.71M last year.
January 27, 2016
10:00 EDTBYDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded on valuation at BB&T... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... FCB Financial (FCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flushing Financial (FFIC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Sprint (S) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Super Micro Computer (SMCI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR)upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Washington Trust (WASH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg.
07:56 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee CRT upgraded Boyd Gaming to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded the stock on valuation. It says that the 21% decline in Boyd's stock since November was caused by stock market volatility sparked by declining oil prices and potential international weakness. However, it says that Boyd benefits from lower oil prices and has no international exposure. Target $22.

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