Casino stockLas Vegas Sands (
) popped onto the Big Cap 20 list Tuesday, riding a strong move
with the gaming industry group.
The Leisure-Gaming/Equipment group was No. 17 in Thursday's
IBD, up from 83 six weeks ago.
Sands leads the group with a Composite Rating of 99.
Only two other stocks in the group have a Composite Rating of
90 or better and also pay a dividend.
None of the three stocks shows the three years of strong EPS
growth associated with elite stocks. For example, Sands grew
earnings 1,011% in 2010 and 102% in 2011 but growth fell to 6%
The Street expects 25% EPS growth in 2013.
Sands paid a quarterly dividend of 25 cents a share last year
and announced in November that it was raising the dividend to 35
cents a share in 2013. At the new rate, the annualized yield is
The company paid a $2.75 a share special dividend in
When the company began paying a dividend, CEO Sheldon Adelson
said cash generation exceeded capital needs.
Sands recently cleared a 47.78 buy point in a cup-with-handle
base. The stock is extended, but another possible buy point was
at 54.03. The base is first stage, meaning it has less risk than
International Game Technology (
) has a Composite Rating of 98. Annual EPS growth was in the 9%
to 12% range in the past three years.
The Street expects 21% EPS growth in fiscal 2013 ending in
September, which would be the fastest growth since 2004.
IGT increased its quarterly dividend from 6 cents a share to 7
cents in November. The yield is 1.7%.
The stock began rising off a low in August but has not formed
a base. The gains could serve as the prior uptrend should a base
appear. The base would be first stage.
Wynn Resorts (
) grew EPS 712% and 164% in 2010-11 but EPS fell 4% last year.
The Street sees 13% growth this year.
The quarterly dividend is $1 a share for an annualized yield
of 3.3%. In November, Wynn paid a special dividend of $7.50 a
The stock is slightly extended from a 115.55 buy point in a