Are Las Vegas Sands’ Top Investors Placing Bets in the $40s?

In 2012, shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) are down 1.17 percent. At the end of May, in a client report, Sterne Agee analyst David Bain bucked the trend taken by his peers and stated there may be big growth for some casinos. His short list of recommended ones included Las Vegas Sands (LVS) thanks to its Macau expansion.

With concerns over China’s economy slowing, affluent Chinese may stay away from Macau, known as the world’s best casino locale; in the last few years, Sands has been a big driver of its growth along with Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN).

The company’s new Macau property, the Sands Cotai Central casino which opened its first phase in April, could increase the island’s gambling revenue. Bain wrote, “Cotai Central’s market share gains will be more pronounced in Sept.-Oct. as VIP (games tailored for visiting high-roller gamblers) ramps, the property’s second mass casino opens and room capacity expands”

With the positive research note and the area’s thirst for gambling, will Las Vegas Sands’ largest shareholders increase their holdings? 591 institutional firms indicated owning shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) in Q1 2012. These firms reported owning a total of 294.846 million shares on 03/31/2012. The shares closed at $57.57 on 03/31/2012.

Here are the ten largest positions in Las Vegas Sands Corp. at the end of March 31st, 2012.

Price T Rowe Associates Inc /MD/ held 21,623,813 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $1,244,882,908. This brought the portfolio total to 0.38%.

Capital World Investors held 18,770,000 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $1,080,588,894. This brought the portfolio total to 0.38%.

Winslow Capital Management Inc /MN held 12,723,384 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $732,485,213. This brought the portfolio total to 2.18%.

Sands Capital Management LLC held 12,522,863 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $720,941,219. This brought the portfolio total to 3.23%.

Vanguard Group Inc held 10,785,869 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $620,942,475. This brought the portfolio total to 0.08%.

Blackrock Institutional Trust Company N.A. held 9,616,975 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $553,649,248. This brought the portfolio total to 0.13%.

Lone Pine Capital LLC held 8,083,114 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $465,344,871. This brought the portfolio total to 2.83%.

Ameriprise Financial Inc held 7,872,555 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $453,222,989. This brought the portfolio total to 0.32%.

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc held 7,633,194 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $439,442,976. This brought the portfolio total to 1.0%.

Ubs global asset management americas inc held 6,507,813 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $374,654,792. This brought the portfolio total to 0.53%.

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