MGM Gains 10% In Stock Market After Falling During The ‘Vegas Massacre'

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Dec/15/2017

MGM Resorts’ stock market value is up by 10%. The figure is from October 2, 2017, fall after the Las Vegas shooting that takes the lives of 58 people. But when you look at a bigger picture, you will see a different figure. Although MGM Resort regains a ten percent for the last two months, things are not the same with the larger group.

S&P 500, which the gaming company is part of gains five percent in the period MGM gets 10%!  As the stock value continues to show impressive figures, financial analysts remain bullish. Most of them are now recommending that clients continue to buy shares from the gaming operator. Other analysts say that if clients don’t feel comfortable buying shares, they at least maintain their positions.

From Yahoo! Finance, we get how seventeen financial analysts vote on MGM. The business journal says that 9 of the 17 give a buy recommendation to the gaming company. Four of the total 17 labels this gaming operator a ‘strong buy.’ This labeling means it is better than what the 9 give. Four others say that it is better to hold. However, none of the seventeen analysts favor selling.

The last three months of 2017 see the gaming operator’s shares surge by 18%. Remember that CEO Jim Murren advises investors in advance.  He tells them that there is little activity in the last quarter. Maybe investors still remember this early warning. But in citing the reason, the CEO says all is not about the Mandalay Hotel shooting.

Murren says the major reason is that there is little input from Monte Carlo. He confirms that a lot is taking place with the Las Vegas Strip property. The CEO says that for now, the property is undergoing a massive renovation. The aim is to separate the property into two entities: NoMad Las Vegas and MGM Park.

General Performance

The ten percent increase in the stock market is creating a profound rise. In general, MGM Resorts is doing better. In fact, the property is one of the facilities in the U.S. that is doing great.  Zacks Equity Research puts the operator at number 36 out of 256 other facilities. This isn’t a bad position for a property that is currently undergoing major renovations. 

But even as the operator continues to perform fairly well, investors are in limbo. They do not know what to do. Remember that in September, the conglomerate announces it will repurchase its $1 billion common stock shares.   The repurchase takes 12 months. If that goes through, it means it will last for a year until September 2018. This keeps investors on hold.

Meanwhile, Kirk Kerkorian, the founder of the estate where the facility sits is selling his shares. The sale is according to the will by the late billionaire. Just last week, Tacinda Corporation that is in charge of Kerkorian fortune says that it has a $338.8 million deal. The agreement is between UBS Securities. If it goes through, the deal will witness the exchange of $338.8 million for the 10 million MGM Resorts’ shares.

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