Author: Shawn Bolton

Starwood Hotels and Resorts (HOT) was founded in 1980. It's based in Stamford, Connecticut. It's one of the largest hotel and leisure companies in the world.

Marriott’s revenues totaled nearly $3.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $3.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Hilton’s 4Q14 revenue increased 7% YoY to $2,828 million. For 2014, its revenue increased by 10.5 billion, or 7.9%—compared to 2013.

Macau’s restriction on using China UnionPay debit cards at casinos to curb illegal money flow could be a factor in February's drop in gambling revenues.

Two ETFs that track the casino industry underperformed SPY last month, perhaps due to some profit booking on major casino shares.

Cedar Fair’s revenue increased by 15.6% year-over-year to $160.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Six Flags has $1.2 billion in revenue and 18 parks across North America. It operates 16 parks in the United States, one in Mexico City, and one in Montreal.

MGM Resorts (MGM) was founded in 1986. It's based in Nevada. It's one of the leading global hospitality and entertainment companies.

Established in 2004, Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL) owns, develops, and operates casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities. It's focused on Asia.

Today, a number of US-based casino companies have operations in foreign markets—like Macau. Also, they're developing new properties in Macau.