Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, casino operator Caesars Entertainment (NAS: CZR) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Caesars and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Las Vegas, Nevada (1937)
Casinos and gaming
Chairman/CEO Gary Loveman
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
Cash / Debt
$1.2 billion / $20.8 billion
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 79% of the 63 members who have rated Caesars believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.
You can only push your debt off for so many years. The move to expand internationally but only on the hospitality side proved fatal. Caesars has its own "fiscal cliff" approaching, which will likely hit by end if first quarter next year. The only drawback to making an underperform call is the likely run-up from a short squeeze that might hit early January when panicked brokers force all the [shorts] to cover prematurely.
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