Rothschild Investment Corp IL raised its stake in shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) by 0.7% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 161,021 shares of the casino operator’s stock after buying an additional 1,075 shares during the period. Las Vegas Sands Corp. comprises 1.1% of Rothschild Investment Corp IL’s holdings, making the stock its 21st largest position. Rothschild Investment Corp IL’s holdings in Las Vegas Sands Corp. were worth $9,189,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Rathbone Brothers plc acquired a new stake in Las Vegas Sands Corp. during the third quarter valued at $380,000. Gateway Investment Advisers LLC boosted its stake in Las Vegas Sands Corp. by 39.2% in the third quarter. Gateway Investment Advisers LLC now owns 77,873 shares of the casino operator’s stock valued at $4,481,000 after buying an additional 21,946 shares during the last quarter. Capital Management Corp VA boosted its stake in Las Vegas Sands Corp. by 3.2% in the third quarter. Capital Management Corp VA now owns 159,287 shares of the casino operator’s stock valued at $9,165,000 after buying an additional 4,965 shares during the last quarter. Henderson Group PLC boosted its stake in Las Vegas Sands Corp. by 197.8% in the third quarter. Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,128,649 shares of the casino operator’s stock valued at $64,926,000 after buying an additional 749,615 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Boston Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in Las Vegas Sands Corp. during the third quarter valued at $302,000. 40.16% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS)

Shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) traded up 1.91% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $57.77. The stock had a trading volume of 3,621,949 shares. Las Vegas Sands Corp. has a 52-week low of $41.45 and a 52-week high of $63.38. The company’s 50 day moving average is $55.88 and its 200 day moving average is $56.37. The company has a market cap of $45.92 billion, a PE ratio of 27.51 and a beta of 1.91. Las Vegas Sands Corp. also was the target of some unusual options trading on Thursday. Investors purchased 1,620 call options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 335% compared to the average volume of 372 call options.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, January 25th. The casino operator reported $0.62 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.65 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $3.08 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.11 billion. Las Vegas Sands Corp. had a net margin of 14.64% and a return on equity of 23.75%. The firm’s revenue was up 7.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.62 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Las Vegas Sands Corp. will post $2.55 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 31st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 23rd were given a dividend of $0.73 per share. This represents a $2.92 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.05%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, March 21st. This is a boost from Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.72. Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 137.14%.

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LVS has been the topic of a number of research reports. Aegis initiated coverage on Las Vegas Sands Corp. in a report on Thursday, December 22nd. They set a “buy” rating and a $60.00 price objective on the stock. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “market perform” rating on shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. in a report on Thursday, January 5th. Vetr cut Las Vegas Sands Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.17 price objective on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, January 10th. Stifel Nicolaus raised their price objective on Las Vegas Sands Corp. from $65.00 to $66.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 17th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Las Vegas Sands Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 19th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $58.87.

About Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. is a developer of destination properties (integrated resorts) that feature 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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