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Lady Luck Walks Out on Gaming ETF


The Market Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK)  has lost about 10% over the past three months as the gaming industry has weakened. Big gaming centers such as Macau and Las Vegas have seen revenue tumble over the past quarter.

Still, the gaming ETF has managed to pare the loss in August with a slight recovery.

Grant Govertsen, analyst at Macau based Union Gaming, expects gaming revenues to see low-single-digit growth in August before bouncing back to double digits in September. “All in, we are expecting third-quarter gross gaming revenue growth in the mid-single-digits. Looking further out, we expect full-year 2012 GGR growth to reach the teens,” said Grant Govertsen. [New Benchmarks For Coal, Gaming ETFs]

In Macau, July was the slowest month for gaming revenue in over three years. The Chinese gaming region’s July revenues totaled $3.08 billion dollars, a 1.5 % year-over-year increase. July’s growth was the slowest since June 2009, during the financial crisis, according to a press release in Future’s Mag. [ETF Chart of the Day: BJK]

In the U.S., Nevada Gaming Control Board reported that Nevada casino revenue fell 6% in the month of June. This was the second consecutive monthly decline, and the third in four months said Mike Lawton, senior analyst with the control board. [ETFs for a Rebound in Consumer Spending]

Overall, revenues dropped 4.5% in June, to $483.7 million in June. ”We’ve had three consecutive declines for slot volume on the Strip,” Lawton said. “We’re a little concerned about that. We’ve lost some steam this quarter, for sure.”

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Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article. 

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