Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) was up 5.2% on Monday . The company traded as high as $46.42 and last traded at $46.42, with a volume of 3,429,433 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $44.13.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on LVS shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 15th. Vetr downgraded shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $51.72 target price on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, March 16th. Standpoint Research downgraded shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 17th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 target price (up from $55.00) on shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. in a research report on Friday, April 1st. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $53.33.

The company has a market cap of $36.48 billion and a P/E ratio of 20.60. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $45.33 and a 200 day moving average price of $46.04.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, April 20th. The casino operator reported $0.45 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.62 by $0.17. The company earned $2.72 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.87 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.66 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 9.8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Las Vegas Sands Corp. will post $2.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 22nd were issued a $0.72 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Monday, June 20th. This represents a $2.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.27%.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Trilogy Global Advisors LP purchased a new position in Las Vegas Sands Corp. during the fourth quarter worth about $16,010,000. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. increased its position in Las Vegas Sands Corp. by 173.0% in the fourth quarter. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. now owns 33,104 shares of the casino operator’s stock worth $1,451,000 after buying an additional 20,976 shares during the period. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. increased its position in Las Vegas Sands Corp. by 11.9% in the fourth quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. now owns 674,799 shares of the casino operator’s stock worth $29,684,000 after buying an additional 71,905 shares during the period. Advisors Asset Management Inc. increased its position in Las Vegas Sands Corp. by 162.9% in the fourth quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 207,361 shares of the casino operator’s stock worth $9,091,000 after buying an additional 128,490 shares during the period. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in Las Vegas Sands Corp. by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 16,997,280 shares of the casino operator’s stock worth $745,160,000 after buying an additional 399,216 shares during the period.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. is a developer of destination properties (integrated resorts) that offers accommodations, gaming, entertainment and retail, convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants and other amenities. The Company owns and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States.

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