Insider Buying And Recent Catalysts Make This $11 Casino Stock A Good Bet

| About: Pinnacle Entertainment, (PNK)

Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) has been in my portfolio since the end of last year. This gaming concern stock has not done much since I have owned it. However, in the last few weeks several exciting catalysts have occurred that should drive this cheap equity much higher.

Key catalysts for Pinnacle:

  • Insiders bought over 100,000 shares in multiple transactions in June and July.
  • The company's recent second quarter earnings report beat estimates on both the top and the bottom lines. It also announced a $100mm repurchased program (about 15% of its float at the current stock price).
  • It also just announced that its 205 room resort & casino in Baton Rouge will open at the end of the month.
  • It is also building a 150 room, $20mm hotel & casino in Jefferson Parish in Louisiana.

"Pinnacle Entertainment owns, develops, and operates casinos, and related hospitality and entertainment facilities in the United States." (Business description from Yahoo Finance)

Five additional reasons PNK has significant upside from under $11 a share:

  1. The median price target by the 17 analysts that cover the stock is $14 a share.
  2. The company is selling near the bottom of its five year valuation range based on P/E, P/S and P/CF.
  3. Pinnacle has crushed estimates for the last six straight quarters. The average beat over consensus over the last four quarters has averaged over 40%.
  4. Analysts believe that the company will produce between 7% to 9% revenue growth in both FY2012 and FY2013. The stock has a five year projected PEG of under 1 (.61) as well.
  5. The stock looks like it has bottomed and just crossed its 200 day moving average (See Chart)

Disclosure: I am long PNK.