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June 6, 2014
10:15 EDTWYNN, MGM, LVS, MPELMacau casino operators decline after analysts cautious on growth
Shares of Macau casino operators are falling after two research firms issued cautious notes about the outlook for gambling in the Chinese region. WHAT'S NEW: Growth in Macau has decelerated and concerns about the outlook for gambling there is building, FBR Capital analyst Jake Fuller wrote in a note to investors earlier today. China's crackdown on illegal money transfers, the potential for tighter restrictions on visas for the region and a smoking ban are among the issues worrying investors, the analyst indicated. He now expects the Macau casino market to grow at a rate of about 10% in the second quarter, below the consensus outlook. As a result, Fuller believes that analysts' estimates for Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) could come under pressure, with estimates for MGM Resorts (MGM) being pressured to a lesser extent. He kept Market Perform ratings on Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts and an Outperform rating on MGM. Somewhat cautious but more upbeat than Fuller was Wells Fargo. Although the growth of VIPs visiting the province has slowed, the Macau casino operators there should still benefit from strong mass trends and profitability, the firm stated in a note to investors earlier today. The firm lowered its 2014 revenue growth outlook for Macau to 11% from 13%, but does not anticipate that 2014 results will miss expectations. Moreover, the firm remains upbeat on Macau's outlook over the medium to longer term. It kept Outperform ratings on Las Vegas Sands, Melco Crown (MPEL), and Wynn Resorts. It kept a Market Perform rating on MGM Resorts. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Las Vegas Sands dropped 0.7% to $74.60, MGM fell 0.75% to $25.25, Wynn slipped 0.2% to $205.54 and Melco Crown gave back 2.3% to $32.70.
News For LVS;WYNN;MPEL;MGM From The Last 14 Days
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March 5, 2015
10:05 EDTMPELOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:23 EDTMGM, LVSJPMorgan to hold a forum
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06:42 EDTMPELMelco Crown downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC
HSBC downgraded Melco Crown to Neutral due to valuation, weak weakening fundamentals, and negative catalysts from a disappointment in Galaxy's opening in May, a full smoking ban in 2H 2015, and negative newsflow on the review of restricting the Individual Visitors Scheme. Price target lowered to $25.10 from $28.
06:27 EDTWYNN, LVSWynn Resorts called top U.S. gaming stock at Citigroup
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06:23 EDTLVS, MGM, WYNNLas Vegas Sands the most defensive large-cap gaming stock, says Citigroup
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March 3, 2015
06:44 EDTLVS, MGM, WYNNMacau gambling revenue fell 49% in February, NY Times reports
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06:43 EDTWYNN, MPEL, LVS, MGMMacau reports February casino revenue down 48.6% to 19.54B patacas
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February 27, 2015
09:35 EDTLVS, MGM, WYNNNevada reports January statewide gaming win up 7.75% to $952.7M
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09:35 EDTWYNNActive equity options trading on open
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February 26, 2015
08:29 EDTLVS, MPEL, MGM, WYNNDeutsche cuts 2015 Macau growth forecast to down 21.4%
Deutsche Bank lowered its 2015 Macau gross gaming revenue forecast to down 21.4% from down 8.4% saying the demand issues will not be solved by expanding capacity. The firm's confidence in a Macau turnaround remains "muted," but it continues to view shares of MGM Resorts (MGM) as "meaningfully undervalued." It views Buy-rated Wynn Resorts (WYNN) as better suited for longer term investors at this stage, and lowered its price target for the stock to $170 from $176. Deutsche also cut its price target for Hold-rated Las Vegas Sands (LVS) to $49 from $53.
February 25, 2015
10:01 EDTMPELOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTLVS, MGMActive equity options trading on open
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07:30 EDTMPELMelco Crown downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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February 24, 2015
16:42 EDTWYNNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day almost unchanged as investors awaited the testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen before a Senate panel. Following her prepared remarks, which suggested the central bank will not rush to raise interest rates, buyers stepped in to push the market higher. The Dow moved to all-time highs, as did the S&P, while the Nasdaq extended its most recent streak that saw the index close higher for nine consecutive sessions for the first time that has happened since 2009. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stated in prepared testimony to Congress that the central bank considers it "unlikely" that economic conditions will warrant an increase in the target range for the federal funds rate for "at least the next couple" of FOMC meetings. Yellen also said that while the drop in oil prices will have negative effects on energy producers and will probably result in job losses in this sector, it will likely be a significant overall net positive for the U.S. economy. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-city house price index reported a seasonally adjusted monthly increase of 0.9%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. Markit's services PMI for February came in at 57.0, versus consensus of 54.5. The Conference Board consumer confidence index declined in February to 96.4, which was down from last month's revised 103.8 figure and below the consensus 99.5 forecast. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for February came in at 0, versus the consensus expectation for a reading of 6. In Europe, eurozone finance ministers approved Greece's reform proposals and extended the country's bailout program by four more months. COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) advanced $4.47, or 3.98%, to $116.75 after the Dow member's earnings beat expectations. The home improvement giant also hiked its quarterly dividend by 26% and authorized an $18B share repurchase program. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SunPower (SPWR), which rose $5.00, or 17.99%, to $32.80 after its quarterly results topped expectations and the company announced that its in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar shares also advanced $5.06, or 10.19%, to $54.70 during the session, though its shares are fractionally lower in after-hours trading after the company issued its own earnings report. Among the noteworthy losers was Rosetta Resources (ROSE), which fell $3.29, or 15.04%, to $18.58 after its weaker than expected Q4 report and lowered guidance was followed by at least five analyst downgrades of its stock. Also lower were shares of Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which slid $7.33, or 4.75%, to $147.00 after reports indicated that Macau's government views overcrowding from tourists as a serious problem and plans to review the mainland’s individual visit scheme with authorities after Chinese New Year. INDEXES: The Dow rose 92.35, or 0.51%, to 18,209.19, the Nasdaq gained 7.15, or 0.14%, to 4,968.12, and the S&P 500 added 5.82, or 0.28%, to 2,115.48.
09:52 EDTMGM, MPEL, WYNN, LVSMacau to review mainland’s individual visit scheme, Macau Business Daily says
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February 23, 2015
07:46 EDTWYNNJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 23 at 8:20 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link

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