After spending much of the past few years at no better than a four-star rank, International Game Technology
Gambling has essentially been a four-letter word during the recession, but some recent signs of life in the gaming sector has some CAPS members more bullish on International Game Technology's chance to benefit from the improved market conditions. The company has seen an uptick in replacement demand recently in the U.S. and has also seen increasing international sales, helped by a new casino in Singapore and better European sales. Confirming the sector trends, competitor WMS Industries
Because the gambling technology industry is intimately tied to commercial casinos, its future success depends upon casino companies pulling themselves out of the economic downturn. Things seem to be headed in a positive way; Las Vegas Sands
Other casino operators Pinnacle Entertainment and Boyd Gaming
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