Are Chinese gaming stocks fairly priced?
Some reports out there are promoting what we have been saying: that growth is strong out there and that it is playing into names across the consumer sector. By this point, a solid fourth quarter already seems to be already priced into shares of Macao casino operator Melco Crown Enterprises ( MPEL , quote ). EBITDA is up 30% in the fourth quarter and while analysts are still behind the curve, the stock has also jumped 30% since we first alerted you to it at the end of February. For a perhaps less sophisticated Chinese gaming experience, Netease ( NTES , quote ) is focusing its online game development efforts squarely at the Chinese market. The company is exposed to massive growth opportunities -- and gross margins were a whopping 81% last year -- but the stock is still up only 16% since the end of February. Valuation is still reasonable. NTES is only trading at 16 times 2011 expected earnings. This one will be having the crowds calling its name soon.