Is This Just A Random Move? – Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS), La Quinta Holdings Inc. (LQ)

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) shares were trading higher by 0.73 percent ($0.45) at $62.34 a piece in Thursday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $61.89. LVS trades with a P/S ratio of 3.99. This is lower than the both industry’s 133.61 and the wider sector’s 13.99. A low price-to-sales ratio, typically less than 1.0, is considered a good value. Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 21.64 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 24.19. Shares of LVS have downtrended -0.03% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved -1.04% in that time. Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) has a market cap of $49.07 billion and over the last 12 months, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) has gone stronger by 7.19%. During the last 52 weeks, the (NYSE:LVS) price has been as high as $66.22 and as low as $51.35. Las Vegas Sands Corp. earnings have risen with an annualized rate of 6.1% over the last 5 years.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (Mean Target Price: $64.73)

The average 1-year price target for Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) — averaging the work of different analysts — reveals a mean PT of $64.73/share. That’s a potential 3.83 increase relative to where Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) has been trading recently. The current price is seen ranging between $61.21 and $62.44. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $52. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $75.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) Consensus Recommendation

The collective rating of 2.2 for Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) also leans strongly towards the neutral end of the spectrum. Of the 17 analysts surveyed by Reuters that track LVS 7 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 10, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy Las Vegas Sands Corp. versus those who think you should sell it. A 10 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while0 believe that investors should either steer clear of LVS or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

Is La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE:LQ) Cheap From Peers?

La Quinta Holdings Inc. (LQ) pulled off a 0.72 percent gain and now trades for $18.13. LQ comes in with a P/S ratio of 2.13 that’s greater than 1, potentially implying that it could be expensive relative to the overall sector (13.99) and its peers (133.61). Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 43.69 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 51.36. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $18.53 and as low as $9.73. La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE:LQ) earnings have declined with a quarterly rate of 0% over the last 5 years. Shares of LQ have increased 26.08% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has gained 15.38% in that time.

La Quinta Holdings Inc. (Price Objective: $17.86)

La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE:LQ) has a market cap of $2.11 billion and over the last 12 months, LQ has risen by 67.72%. The average 1-year price target for (LQ) reveals an average price target of $17.86 per share. That’s a potential -1.49 fall from where (NYSE:LQ) has been trading recently. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $13. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $22.

Analyst Thoughts About La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE:LQ)

The consensus recommendation — averaging the work of 11 analysts — of 2.6 for La Quinta Holdings Inc. (LQ) points to moderate case. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track La Quinta Holdings Inc. 6 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 5 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. A 4 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while 1 believe that investors should either steer clear of (NYSE:LQ) or, if they already own its stock, sell it.