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Chicago, IL – October 14, 2009 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Las Vegas Sands (LVS), Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN), MGM Mirage (MGM), Advance Auto Parts (AAP) and O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Macau Casino Growth Threatened?

The explosive growth of the casino industry in Macau may be threatened as the government of Macau − the Chinese gambling Mecca − is considering ways to impose restrictions on age, number of tables and locations of casinos.

Yesterday, government officials of Macau met with six major casino operators including Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) and a casino jointly operated by MGM Mirage (MGM) and local businesswoman/tycoon Pansy Ho, concluding that limitless expansion of the Macau gambling sector may be harmful to the society. Significant expansion of the gambling business in Macau has encouraged corruption, addiction and prostitution in that area.

The government is considering regulations like raising the entry age limit for casinos to 21 years from 18 years, limiting the number of tables per casino and modifying zoning laws to compel slot machine halls away from residential areas and into commercial zones.

Advance Auto Targets E-Commerce

Advance Auto Parts (AAP) has launched its own e-commerce website,, to sell its products online for the first time since its dissolution with Phoenix-based auto retailer CSK Auto during the first quarter of 2009. The website will allow customers to purchase more than 100,000 parts and accessories. It will also allow free shipping on purchases of $75 or more as well as free in-store pickup.

The Roanoke, VA-based auto retailer previously operated a similar website called in partnership with CSK Auto. However, it had to close down the website after CSK was acquired by Springfield, MO-based auto retailer O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY). At that time, Advance Auto only operated an online merchandise lookup feature.

In 2007, Advance Auto targeted e-commerce as a potential growth channel. The company now aims to take it to the next level. Last month, the company opened an e-commerce office in Campbell, CA, near Silicon Valley. The headcount in the office (currently constituting 20 employees) will be doubled as the company ramps up the new website.

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