Jefferies Upgrades Melco Crown Enter. (MPEL) to Hold, But Maintain Cautious View on VIP

February 4, 2013 11:49 AM EST
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Price: $16.55 -0.3%

Rating Summary:
    14 Buy, 10 Hold, 2 Sell

Rating Trend: Up Up

Today's Overall Ratings:
    Up: 30 | Down: 30 | New: 23
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Earlier, Jefferies upgraded Melco Crown Enter. (NASDAQ: MPEL) from Underperform to Hold with a price target of $22.70 (from $7.70).

The firm comments, "We think it is early to call for a strong VIP growth rebound; falling art/antique auction value, bumpy export PMI & rising overdue loans cast doubts on VIP outlook. Anti-corruption risks should not be ignored. We raise 2013 GGR growth to 8% and upgrade SJM/MPEL to Hold, but think valuation still looks expensive. Relatively we like Sands China on mass focus and SJM for valuation, and stay cautious on players with high VIP exposure."

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Shares of Melco Crown Enter. closed at $21.03 yesterday.

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