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Online casinos industry investors found themselves snorkeling in
July, as online casinos company stocks closed down for the third
month in a row.
The Dow Jones U.S. Gambling Index, a Dow Jones & Co. industry
index of 64 publicly traded casino and online casinos companies,
closed at 525 Monday, down 6.25 percent from 560 at the end of
Analysts said values declined both because investors were
correcting for inflated values and are expecting weak results
for the remainder of the year.
Bear Stearns analyst Joe Greff said online casinos stocks have
been on a downturn since at least mid-May because of broad
concerns that the industry is weakening and because there has
been little news to instill confidence.
He cited recent second-quarterly earnings reports by Boyd Gaming
Corp. and Harrah's Entertainment in which the companies failed
to meet market expectations.
The Dow Jones gaming index has dropped 16 percent in the past
three months since hitting a high for the year in early May of
For both July and the three months ending July 31, casino and
online casinos company stocks performed substantially worse than
the Standard & Poor's 500 index, which closed Monday at
This reversed a trend in which gaming stocks have generally
outperformed the S&P 500 for the past four years.
"Investors are taking profits after a multi-year (market)
outperformance by gaming stocks and rotating them into other
sectors that have been beaten down," Greff said. "The
fundamentals of the gaming industry are still strong."
Nevada-based gaming companies, the largest in the industry, all
trailed the Dow Jones casino index.
Brian Gordon, a partner in the Las Vegas-based financial
consulting firm Applied Analysis, said local gaming company
stocks have seen some price run-ups in recent months and are now
going through a minor midcourse correction.
The Applied Analysis Gaming Index, a weighted average of nine
Nevada-based gaming companies, closed July at 353.36, up 6.1
points, or 1.7 percent, from June. When computed on a similar
weighted average basis, the S&P was up 0.6 percent for the