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December 11, 2012
10:34 EDTMPEL, LVSMelco, Las Vegas Sands gain after analyst says Macau doing well
Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), which both operate casinos on the Chinese island of Macau, are advancing after research firm Sterne Agee wrote that Macau gaming revenues have been higher than expected so far this month. In a note to investors earlier today, Sterne Agee analyst David Balu wrote that Macau gross gaming revenue, or GGR, increased 27% during the first ten days of December, compared with the same period in 2011. Balu had previously expected Macau's GGR to rise just 11% in December, and he now anticipates that GGR will rise 16% this month. Several factors are contributing to Macau's strong performance, including less restrictive visa requirements, improvements in China's economy, and the strengthening of China's currency, the analyst wrote. Meanwhile, other firms are likely to increase their Macau revenue estimates for 2013, Balu believes. He maintained Buy ratings on both Melco Crown and Las Vegas Sands. In mid-morning trading, Melco climbed 34c, or 2.26%, to $15.62 and Las Vegas Sands rose $1.00, or 2.30%, to $44.56.
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September 30, 2014
07:33 EDTMPELDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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September 29, 2014
14:03 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands volatility elevated as shares trade near 1-year low
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07:23 EDTLVSUBS & Deutsche Bank to co-host a forum
Gaming Investment Forum to be held in Las Vegas on September 29-30 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 29 at 12 pm; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
September 26, 2014
09:33 EDTLVSNevada reports August statewide gaming win down 3.66% to $920.29M
Nevada reports August Las Vegas Strip gaming win down 6.08% to $553.19M. Publicly traded companies in the space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesar's (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
September 22, 2014
10:15 EDTLVS, MPELOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actavis (ACT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Aetna (AET) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Auxilium (AUXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Concur (CNQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... General Communications (GNCMA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Las Vegas Sands (LVS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lindsay Corp. (LNN) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Melco Crown (MPEL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at B. Riley... PSEG (PEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Realogy (RLGY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Saba Software (SABA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Suburban Propane (SPH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Valmont (VMI) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Walgreen (WAG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Watts Water (WTS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
07:37 EDTLVS, MPELLarge-Cap Gaming sector downgraded at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded the Large-Cap Gaming sector to Market Weight from Overweight while cutting its ratings on Las Vegas Sands (LVS), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL) to Market Perform from Outperform. Wells believes near-term uncertainty in Macau has increased, making the risk/reward on shares balanced for the next 6-12 months. The firm thinks second half of 2014 and 2015 EBITDA estimates still need to come down another 10%. Wells cuts its price target range for Las Vegas Sands to $60-$70 from $80-$85, for Wynn to $180-$200 from $245-$250 and for Melco to $28-$31 from $38-$40. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on MGM Resorts (MGM) with a slightly reduced price target range of $23-$26.
07:12 EDTMPELMelco Crown downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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07:12 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
September 18, 2014
06:47 EDTMPEL, LVSMacau stocks getting closer to bottom, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says most Macau stocks have a 2:1 upside/downside ratio, making the risk/rewards favorable. The firm prefers MGM Resorts (MGM) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) over Melco Crown (MPEL) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) in the near-term, but keeps Overweight ratings on all four names. JPMorgan lowered its price target for Las Vegas Sands to $69 from $83, for Melco to $31 from $40, for MGM to $30 from $31 and for Wynn to $210 from $239. The firm says the stocks are getting closer to a bottom.

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