Are Top Las Vegas Sands Investors Bidding Shares Higher to New 52-Week Price Highs?

Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) stock is up 41.56% so far in 2012 and achieved a 52-week stock price high in trading action today. The big lift today came from BMO Capital’s upside forecast on gaming revenue expectations this year. At the start of the month, China government statistics showed Macau gambling revenue increased last month 24% from a year earlier. It appears more and more investors are back to good old gambling interests. Are Las Vegas Sands’ top institutional investors bidding shares higher to new 52-week stock price highs?

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366 institutional firms indicated owning shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) in both Q3 2011 and Q4 2011. These firms reported owning a total of 283.187 million shares on 09/30/2011 and 287.607 million shares on 12/31/2011. The shares closed at $38.17 on 09/30/2011 and $42.54 on 12/31/2011, for an aggregate market value of $10.809 billion and $12.235 billion, respectively.

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Here are the ten largest positions in Las Vegas Sands Corp. at the end of December 31st, 2011.

CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS held 26,825,000 shares on 09/30/2011 which were worth $1,023,910,250. On 12/31/2011 the firm held 22,105,000 shares worth $940,346,700. This represented a reduction of 4,720,000 shares or $83,563,550.

PRICE T ROWE ASSOCIATES INC /MD/ held 16,940,224 shares on 09/30/2011 which were worth $646,608,350. On 12/31/2011 the firm held 20,318,033 shares worth $864,329,124. This represented an increase of 3,377,809 shares or $217,720,774.

SANDS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC held 9,577,664 shares on 09/30/2011 which were worth $365,579,435. On 12/31/2011 the firm held 12,072,031 shares worth $513,544,199. This represented an increase of 2,494,367 shares or $147,964,764.

WINSLOW CAPITAL MANAGEMENT INC /MN held 10,137,881 shares on 09/30/2011 which were worth $386,962,918. On 12/31/2011 the firm held 11,503,925 shares worth $489,376,970. This represented an increase of 1,366,044 shares or $102,414,052.

FMR LLC held 15,201,192 shares on 09/30/2011 which were worth $580,229,499. On 12/31/2011 the firm held 10,465,248 shares worth $445,191,650. This represented a reduction of 4,735,944 shares or $135,037,849.

VANGUARD GROUP INC held 9,803,457 shares on 09/30/2011 which were worth $374,197,954. On 12/31/2011 the firm held 10,043,167 shares worth $427,236,324. This represented an increase of 239,710 shares or $53,038,370.

LONE PINE CAPITAL LLC held 7,366,136 shares on 09/30/2011 which were worth $281,165,411. On 12/31/2011 the firm held 9,697,250 shares worth $412,521,015. This represented an increase of 2,331,114 shares or $131,355,604.

BLACKROCK INSTITUTIONAL TRUST COMPANY N.A. held 8,279,411 shares on 09/30/2011 which were worth $316,025,118. On 12/31/2011 the firm held 9,009,909 shares worth $383,281,529. This represented an increase of 730,498 shares or $67,256,411.

AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL INC held 6,954,719 shares on 09/30/2011 which were worth $265,461,624. On 12/31/2011 the firm held 8,163,347 shares worth $347,268,781. This represented an increase of 1,208,628 shares or $81,807,157.

UBS GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT AMERICAS INC held 6,725,164 shares on 09/30/2011 which were worth $256,699,510. On 12/31/2011 the firm held 6,680,424 shares worth $284,185,237. This represented a reduction of 44,740 shares or $27,485,727.

About the company: Las Vegas Sands Corp. owns and operates casino resorts and convention centers. The Company operates in United States, Macau and Singapore. Las Vegas Sand Corp’s casino’s offer a wide range of gaming activities and entertainment as well as overnight accomodations, while its expo centers host a wide range of entertainment shows, expositions, and other activities.