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Las Vegas PD Reveal Mandalay Bay Security Guard Shot Six Minutes BEFORE Massacre

A major change to the Mandalay Bay shooting timeline has been reported by the Las Vegas police department, as it has emerged that security guard Jesus Campos was shot by gunman Stephen Paddock six minutes before the first shots were fired at the crowd.

The original report was that Paddock shot Campos in the leg after he massacred 58 concertgoers and wounded over 500, which effectively stopped the gunman from shooting at the concert venue.

Let’s review the official timeline as reported by CBS 5 days ago:

The first shots were fired at 10:05 p.m., according to closed-circuit television from the concert venue. The shooting continued for 10 minutes, until 10:15 p.m. Fifty-eight people were killed in the shooting, and 489 injured, Lombardo said.

The first officers arrived on the 31st floor — one floor below where Paddock was firing — at 10:12 p.m. Officers arrived at the 32nd floor at 10:17 p.m. Lombardo said it was “phenomenal” they reached the 32nd floor within 12 minutes of when shots rang out.

One minute later, a security officer told Las Vegas police officers he was shot and gives them the exact location of the shooter.

At 10:55 p.m., eight officers arrived in the stairwell at the opposite end of the hallway nearest to the Paddock’s room. 

The officers spent the next 30 minutes formulating a plan to enter Paddock’s room. The delay was “purposeful and no shots were being heard at this point,” Lombardo said.

At 11:20 p.m., officers first breached Paddock’s room.

Newsmax reported four days ago:

Campos had taken an elevator to the 32nd floor of the hotel because the stairway door had been blocked, The Daily Beast said, and when Campos got to the door where he suspected Paddock was barricaded, he was met with gunfire through the door.

The wounded Campos then radioed casino dispatch informing them of his and Paddock’s location in the hotel. Police said the suspect fired some 200 rounds at them as they approached the room, The Daily Beast noted.

To summarize: Paddock, armed to the teeth, stopped shooting at 10:15 after 10 minutes of spraying the crowd. Cops arrived 2 minutes after the shooting stopped, and 63 minutes later, his room was breached. 

And now we learn that the security guard was at the room before the massacre began and had been shot in the leg.

This changes everything. For starters, who tipped the hotel off – causing them to send Campos up to Paddock’s room in the first place? Was it the mystery woman trying to warn concertgoers? Perhaps Mandalay Bay didn’t take her seriously enough to call the police, and instead sent Campos who was armed only with a nightstick.

Second, this means officials lied about how they found Paddock – who originally said military veteran Chris Bethel heard the gunfire from two floors above Paddock and assisted police in locating him. Not true if security officer Jesus Campos had been shot in the leg before Bethel heard the crowd being shot.

Another anomaly is that none of the existing videos from the shooting appear to contain audio of Paddock actually shooting himself in the head – the last shot which would have been fired, and with a much different sound coming from a hammerless revolver.

This is odd, considering that Paddock had apparently planned to survive the attack – which means he either accidentally killed himself, changed his mind and decided to kill himself, or he was dead before the shooting began and someone else actually committed the mass murder.

Next – police say there were 200 shots fired into the hallway through the door. Does this look like 200 bullets? and none went through the door on the right?

 

There are all sorts of unsubstantiated rumors flying around about Paddock being an FBI informant and the shootout being a deal gone wrong – which could explain the 19 guns found in the hotel room when all he’d really need is a few primary rifles, working backups, and a lot of ammo.

There were already a ton of inconsistencies with the Mandalay Bay shooting. Now, we find that we’ve been lied to about the timeline. Very unsettling.

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Insider Trading and Financial Anomalies Surrounding the Las Vegas Attack

Authored by Kip Harriage of VRAletter.com | October 7, 2017

Note: With this report, I make no claim to specific knowledge of any wrongdoing or improprieties. Instead, this report includes trading patterns, news releases and/or public record SEC filings.

We will examine the share price movements of two gun manufacturers (American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger) and the share price movement of MGM (which owns Mandalay Bay). We will also examine additional financial events surrounding MGM, including what can only be referred to as massive levels of insider selling in the shares of MGM, by the CEO/Chairman and MGM officers/directors. As you’ll see, more than $200 million in MGM shares were sold in the weeks leading up to the attack.

Background. Interesting Trading Patterns in AOBC, RGR and MGM.

Over the course of my 32 years in the investment industry I have constructed a proprietary investing model that I refer to as the “VRA Trading & Investing System”. In short, its design is to track money flows in the stock market and detect sector and stock analysis/movements that then alert me as to when/where money is flowing in the markets.

For example, prior to the 2016 Presidential Elections, the VRA System noticed that the share price of gun manufacturers had begun to decline rapidly. This was one of our first financial clues that Trump might beat Clinton (Trump’s strong support of 2A). As you can see below, American Outdoor Brands (AOBC, formerly Smith & Wesson), hit a high of $31/share in August of 2016. As the bottom began to fall out, it would ultimately drop 55% in price, before hitting its low price of just over $13 on 9/11/17.

The market is referred to as a “discounting mechanism” and as such, it often predicts future events. It certainly did so in the case of the election and the share price of AOBC.

We see the same trading pattern in gun manufacturer Sturm Ruger (RGR). RGR traded as high as $73 in March of 2016 before ultimately dropping 37%, when it too bottomed within one trading day of AOBC hitting it’s lows (9/8/17). Again, my system noted the rapid decline in gun stocks, which led me to believe that Trump may in fact win the election. Remember this point; both AOBC and RGR hit their lows at the same time, just over two weeks prior to the Las Vegas shooting.
Something Changed in September

Let’s now examine the trading patterns of AOBC and RGR in detail, just over two weeks “prior” to the attack. As you can see, AOBC bottomed on 9/11/17 at $13.30 before the spike higher began. From 9/11 to just after the attack, AOBC rose 23% in price. It did so on a noticeable increase in buy-side trading volumes.

Below, we see the same chart and reaction in the shares of Sturm Ruger (RGR). From it’s 9/8/17 lows, RGR bottomed at $46.25 and then spiked to $55.90 just after the attack, for a move higher of 21%.

After falling in price from early-mid 2016 to their early September 2017 lows, the two largest publicly traded gun manufacturers bottomed, then spiked higher, at almost exactly the same time. In addition, buy-side volume increases rose sharply as well.And, while not covered in this report (more work is needed), we also saw a spike in call option purchases in both AOBC and RGR, in the days/weeks leading up to the attack.

This final chart shows the share price of MGM (owner of Mandalay Bay) in the days leading up to the attack to present. MGM shares declined more than 10%, from 9/7/17 to recent lows. This decline occurred as some $200 million in insider selling was taking place.

Bottom line: Beginning in early-mid September to this report, gun manufactures AOBC and RGR rose in price 23% and 21% (on higher trading volumes), while the shares of MGM fell in price by 11% (as $200 million in insider selling occurred).

MGM: Heavy Levels of Insider Selling

As the SEC insider transaction reports below detail, from 9/5/17 to 9/12/17, approximately 6 million shares of MGM were sold by officers and/or directors of the company, totaling approximately $200 million in proceeds to sellers. Included in this group is the selling of approximately 450,000 shares by MGM CEO and Chairman James Murren (a seller of size since late July) and who appears to have sold more than 85% of all holdings. We also see that MGM Board member Grounds William Warwick sold 176 million shares of his MGM stock on 9/6/17.

We have no indication that MGM insiders sold these 6 million shares due to any advance knowledge of the 10/1 attack. I am not making that claim. I am simply pointing out facts that cannot be in question.

But I will make a few observations:

1) If MGM/Mandalay Bay were to lose law suits associated with this attack, the downside risks to MGM share price may be extensive.

2) We also know that MGM CEO James Murren was appointed to the Homeland Security National Infrastructure Advisory Council by President Obama in December 2013. This fact could make for some interesting depositions, as it relates to exactly what type of advanced security systems Mandalay Bay had in place, leading up to and on the night of 10/1/17.

“The National Infrastructure Advisory Council is tasked with providing the president with advice on the “security of the critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems.” The council is composed of a maximum of 30 members, appointed by the president, from private industry, academia and state and local government.”

3) I am also aware of the fact that MGM put options activity spiked as well (needs more work), beginning at the same time gun stocks were rising and MGM was falling in price.

4) For those curious about the trading in other major Las Vegas Hotel casino stocks, during this same time frame, this also needs more work. However, I can report that at the same time MGM’s share price was falling, the share prices of Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) were actually rising.

Closing:

In closing, let me repeat; I make no claims or assertions that anyone mentioned in this piece has done anything nefarious. They likely did not.

The question I might ask is, “Did someone else profit from the heinous acts of 10/1/17? Possibly the planners?”

Like many of you, I am interested and I am asking questions. I also remember that during 9/11/01, reports surfaced widely in the financial media that “many, many millions” in profits were made off of the purchase of put options in the shares of United Airlines and American Airlines, the two airliners that operated the four aircraft that were hijacked on 9/11 (among other well-documented reports of large put option purchases in numerous companies that had the most exposure to a shocked US economy).

There’s more…like the recent trading pattern in OSIS, which makes “detection systems” of all kinds (similar to their subsidiary “Rapiscan”, which makes the TSA body scanners that were put in place following 9/11). Many are wondering how long it might be before we are forced to walk through similar devices, as we enter hotels/casinos.

I will continue to follow this story. Should you have information that might assist in my research, you can reach me at [email protected]

I am a proud American. I want the best for our country. Wherever the truth leads us, that is where we must go. Follow the money.

Kip Herriage

VRALetter.com

Update: More irregularities found

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New Orleans Mayor Orders Evacuation, Curfew Ahead Of Hurricane Nate

After a devastating hurricane season thanks to the likes of Harvey, Irma and Maria, the Gulf now gets to contend with hurricane Nate.

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu has ordered a curfew beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday until Sunday morning until the storm has passed, as well as a mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas as of Noon Saturday.

The tropical storm has been rapidly intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to make landfall on Saturday night as category 2 as it bears down on gulf resorts and casinos with sustained winds up to 105 mph.

Bloomberg reports:

Hurricane Nate could grow to a Category 2 Hurricane as it bears down on Mississippi’s coastline, threatening to bring $4 billion in losses after killing at least 22 people in floods across Central America earlier this week and forcing crews off energy platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The center of the storm is forecast to hit between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama – areas prone to major storm surge flooding.

The National Hurricane Center is predicting a worst-case scenario of a 7-11 foot surge above ground level in parts of Alabama, Mississippi, and coastal Louisiana. The center issued the following statement:

Nate is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge flooding near and well east of where the center makes landfall, and a storm surge warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in Florida. Maximum flooding of 7 to 11 feet above ground level is expected in portions of southeastern Louisiana and along the Mississippi coast. Residents in these areas should immediately heed any evacuation instructions given by local officials.

After Nate makes landfall it is expected to bring heavy raine all the way up to Maine by the end of the week.

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Las Vegas Shooter Made ISIS Tape According To Former Trump Campaign Official

Former Trump campaign official James Brower fired off two tweets Thursday evening regarding the Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock claiming “There is a video, this video will prove the motive. He had a secret digital profile that was uncovered in the last 24 hours.”

Brower then tweeted “Motive will be pretty shocking, I won’t say much but it will definitely change a lot of things going forward.

While Brower did not reveal the motive over Twitter, the former Massachusetts Trump campaign official who accurately divulged that Paul Manafort was being wiretapped before it became public told InfowarsI’m being told the video basically speaks about a network, they wouldn’t tell me directly if it was ISIS but they threw little hints that it was,” adding “The reason the video more than likely is never released is because they believe it will trigger the “cells” he speaks of.

“There should be a statement on motive soon,” Brower added, “They believe he was inspired by ISIS.

Infowars goes on to report;

He also claims that there was a second person who helped Paddock plot the attack that the gunman was seen with three days prior to the massacre. This individual left before the shooting began, according to Brower.

 

Signs of a larger operation

There are plenty of signs that Paddock’s rampage which left 59 dead and over 500 injured was more than just a mentally ill lone gunman as the MSM has reported.

In addition to ISIS claiming the attack – saying Paddock converted to Islam under the name Abu Abdul Barr (“The American”), a young woman reported a Hispanic woman running around before the shooting, telling the crowd “You’re all going to die tonight.”

Of note, “ISIS has rarely claimed attacks that were not by either their members or sympathizers,” said New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, suggesting the terror organization may be telling the truth.

Callimachi goes on to say that there have only been three false ISIS claims in the 50 she has looked into:

And on Wednesday, Las Vegas sheriff Lombardo said the shooter “had to have some help at some point,” and may have been radicalized.

Leaked photos of the shooter’s hotel room reveal what appears to be a note written on a table. Since officials have said there is no “suicide note,” it’s entirely possible that Paddock’s motive was revealed and that Sheriff Lombardo knows much more than he is revealing.

(Note, the leaked images are reversed. The shooter is actually on the left side of the room.)

Brower also told InfoWars that Paddock’s digital profile “showed he researched many of the massacres committed by the IS lately in Europe.”

That said, Fox News reportes that after “Analyzing Paddock’s computer, cellphone and other electronic devices, investigators have found no obvious ideological motive, no clear connection to extremists or activist groups or outward display of mental illness.”

So while the MSM is telling us one thing – suggesting Paddock was a lone gunman with mental health issues, statements made by the Las Vegas sheriff, a concertgoer who said they were warned of an attack, ISIS, and now a former Trump campaign official are all pointing to Jihad.

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Trump Shoots From Hip, Warns Of “Calm Before The Storm” In Off The Cuff Remark

While taking photos at a dinner with military leaders tonight, President Trump ominously told reporters that this is the “calm before the storm”

“You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm,” he said.

“It could be the calm… before… the storm.”

A reporter then asked him “What’s the storm? Is it Iran, ISIS, what’s the storm?

To which Trump replied “You’ll find out.

Unfortunately General Kelly wasn’t in the frame so we probably missed out on some epic Kelly Cringing.

Was Trump talking about North Korea? Decertifying the Iran nuclear deal?

What do you think?

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ISIS Issues New Statement Taking Credit For Vegas Attack, Claims Paddock “Converted Six Months Ago”

ISIS, which has never claimed an attack that they weren’t actually involved in, has tripled down on its claim that the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Massacre was a Jihad carried out by Stephen Paddock – who they say converted to Islam six months ago.

In the most recent edition of its Naba newsletter (ISIS has a newsletter), the Islamic State features infographs and specific claims that Paddock – who they say adopted the Muslim name Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki (or Abu Abdul Barr “The American”).

A translation reads:

Las Vegas Invasion

Monday, 12 Muharram 1439H

A soldier from the soldiers of the Caliphate targeted a large gathering of 22,000 Americans at a concert in the city of Las Vegas, including nearly 600 killed and wounded

The executor of the operation, Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki [al-Amriki = “The American”], 64-years old, converted to Islam 6 months ago

Method of Execution

The brother Abu Abdul Barr stationed himself for the invasion on the 32nd floor of a hotel overlooking a concert, and opened fire continuously on the crowds using 23 guns and more than 2000 rounds, and died, may Allah accept him, after exhausting his ammunition

Results of the Operation

59 killed

527 wounded

Panic and confusion of security in America and a number of European countries

ZeroHedge reports that “Minutes after the newsletter was issued, counter-terror analysts focused on the specificity of that particular new information. Thus far investigators have failed to uncover or make public a motive for the mass attack which left 59 dead and over 500 wounded in the deadliest shooting in American history.”

Assuming that FBI and police investigators are truly coming up short on motive or ties to terrorism, a main perplexing oddity that stands out is the clearly immense amount of prepping and planning that went into the attack combined with the seemingly non-existent public messaging left behind by the shooter. According to Max Abrams, counter-terror expert and professor of international relations at Northeastern University, little about the attack currently makes sense, as inexplicably “the killer went to very elaborate efforts to kill the maximum number of strangers for no apparent reason.”

Although ISIS has repeatedly claimed credit for the shooting in the days after the attack, both his brother and authorities have dismissed the possibility. He had “no religious affiliation, no political affiliation,” Eric Paddock said in an interview, adding: “He just hung out.”

Yet ISIS’ latest claims in its Naba newsletter are giving pause to some analysts who have been monitoring the group’s multiple publications since their foundations.

All said, however, there is still zero actual evidence as to Paddock’s motive.

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Is Amazon About To Drink UPS and FedEx’s Milkshake? $FDX $UPS $AMZN

Amazon has been progressively marching towards their own shipping solution – from warehouse to doorstep, in a move which threatens to put a serious dent in UPS, and to a lesser extent FedEx.

Both FedEx and UPS dipped over 2% in early trade Thursday after a Bloomberg report broke the news of Amazon’s plan to expand delivery capabilities by 2018.

In June, Amazon announced that it would be leasing 40 Boeing cargo planes to handle 20-30% of its cargo volume, according to a report by Moody’s.

UPS currently handles around 30% of Amazon’s 600 million packages within the United States – workout out to an estimated $1 billion / year and growing. While it’s not going to be a death knell for UPS with its $60 billion annual revenue on Amazon packages, consider the fact that in a world growing increasingly reliant on the Amazon monopoly, a greater percentage of all shipments will surely originate from Amazon.

Look at their revenues going back 15 years, courtesy of Exodus:

It’s also entirely possible that Amazon – after streamlining its own delivery needs, would offer a public shipping service separate of its online enterprise.

As Fortune reports:

Such an in-house service would obviously put Amazon in more direct competition with longtime partners FedEx and UPS, though it would also be a move the company has been hinting at for some time. Amazon has been fulfilling its own two-day deliveries in India since 2015, and Bloomberg reports that the company has been testing the service in some West Coast markets in the U.S. with the goal of expanding nationally sometime next year.

Amazon has also been experimenting with drone deliveries in recent years, and it acquired French shipping company Colis Privé in a move seen as yet another precursor to an eventual challenge to package delivery giants like FedEx and UPS. Meanwhile, delivery is far from the only market where Amazon is seen as a threat to established players, as the e-commerce giant has already disrupted the traditional retail industry and recently made big pushes into the grocery and meal kit industries, with its purchase of Whole Foods Market.

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Congress Can’t Verify Trump-Russia Dossier, Gives Up And Hands Off To FBI Special Counsel Mueller

The Senate Intelligence Committee has thrown in the towel trying to verify the contents of the notorious Trump-Russia “pissgate” dossier – passing it to FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of raging Democrat investigators.

If you recall, the Trump-Russia investigation spawned from three separate claims; a report on the DNC server hack created by largely discredited IT security firm Crowdstrike, salacious accusations made in a now-infamous 34 page ‘pissgate’ dossier (which 4chan users claim to have had a hand in creating), and former FBI director James Comey’s mysterious memo in which he alleged that Trump asked him to lay off former National Security advisor Mike Flynn. Of course, nobody got to see the actual memo…

Also recall that the uncorroborated ‘low confidence’ pissgate dossier was used as the basis for a FISA warrant against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page – an international financier specializing in Russia’s oil and gas markets, and who had a very limited role on a Trump campaign foreign policy advisory committee last March. This means that while the FBI felt the dossier’s claims weren’t solid enough to pay for, they turned around and used it as evidence of probable cause for a September FISA warrant request to spy on Carter Page (which presumably included ‘incidental’ surveillance of anyone he spoke with).

So the FBI used ‘low confidence’ information to fool the FISA court into issuing a Surveillance warrant…

And what exactly were the portions of the discredited dossier used to justify probable cause?

A July 19 memo from Steele’s dossier alleges that the Trump campaign used Page as an intermediary in a “well-developed conspiracy” to help Trump during the election. The source of that claim has since been identified as Sergei Millian, a Belarusian-American businessman who has a history of exaggerating his business ties.

Another July 19 memo from the dossier alleges that Page, a low-level adviser on the campaign who never met Trump, met secretly with Kremlin officials and Igor Sechin, the president of Russian oil giant Rosneft, to discuss relaxing Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia.

Page, an energy consultant, has denied having the secret meeting and says he has never met Sechin. Daily Caller

Thirdly – recall that the James Comey’s FBI had a $50,000 arrangement with Steele which the New York Times revealed the agency couldn’t corroborate

Why would Steele leave $50K on the table if all he had to do was prove the claims in the dossier? And now, the Senate Intel Committee has “hit a wall” and thrown their hands up trying to verify its claims – which they’ve passed to Mueller, James Comey’s BFF and picnic buddy.

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Hilarious ‘Monopoly Man’ Photobombs Fmr Equifax CEO Senate Testimony

A woman dressed as the Monopoly man sat behind former CEO of Equifax, Richard Smith, while he testified in front of the Senate on Wednesday.

Amanda Werner, arbitration campaign manager for the progressive advocacy group Public Citizen, was decked out in a suit, top hat, monocle, and trademark white mustache during the Senate Banking Committee hearing investigating the massive Equifax hack affecting over 140 million Americans.

At one point, the “Monopoly Man” allegedly pulled some money out of a giant bag with a dollar sign and wiped his brow.

In a statement, Public Citizen said the “Monopoly Man” appeared to bring attention to forced arbitration clauses they say Equifax uses to avoid punishment and exploit customers – a “get out of jail free card.”

“Make no mistake: Arbitration is a rigged game, one that the bank nearly always wins,” Werner said. “Shockingly, the average consumer forced to arbitrate with Wells Fargo was ordered to pay the bank nearly $11,000. Bank lobbyists and their allies in Congress are trying to overturn the CFPB’s rule so they can continue to rip off consumers with impunity.”

Equifax came under fire for including a clause in their TOS which barred victims of the hack from suing the company if they utilized a free credit monitoring service – a policy the company quickly clarified did not apply to those affected by the breach.

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Las Vegas Ramping Up Security In Wake Of Deadliest Mass Shooting In History $OSIS $MGM

The inevitable response to any terrorist incident is to force everyone to go through a new and convoluted gauntlet of security measures in order to prevent future attacks. From taking off our shoes at the airport because of one asshole to the cancer-clustering Orwellian backscatter x-ray machines created after 9/11 which I refuse to go through, it seems like the response always assumes that the next attack will be a repeat.

Naturally, following last Sunday’s shooting at the Mandalay Bay casino which left 59 dead and 515 injured, Las Vegas is already starting to boost security for its nearly 43 million visitors / year.

How can businesses keep guests safe while keeping Vegas fun? They probably can’t – which means that new security measures are going to need to be as minimally invasive as possible.

The Wynn began scanning visitors with metal-detector wands and inspecting bags after Sunday’s massacre – creating a 10 minute wait to get inside. That’s not going to work for most people who like to get drunk and wander from casino to casino pretending they’re ballers.

Bloomberg reports:

Casinos and entertainment venues are going to have to take a more holistic approach to security, thinking about rooftops and other potential shooting perches — considering the possibilities for an attack from all angles, said David Shepherd, a former FBI special agent in counterterrorism who later was the security director for Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Venetian resort.

 “We have to start thinking like the Secret Service — start looking at tall buildings,” said Shepherd, who co-authored a book called “Active Shooter.” “How far do we have to take it?”
One casino executive who asked not to be identified said the Wynn’s new security check is probably the industry’s future because there’s no other way to screen for people carrying weapons.
MGM Resorts International ($MGM) canceled all Las Vegas shows on Monday, and expects a “demand shock” coupled with an increase in marketing expenses and security costs. This should heighten the “risk of negative revisions to estimates,” said Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Rachael Rothman in a note to clients on Tuesday – cutting her rating on MGM to neutral.
So what’s next?
If you’re looking to profit from death and the inevitable lemming-like response to security in the wake of last weekend’s shooting, look no further than OSI Systems ($OSIS) – which owns the widely deployed Rapiscan backscatter X-Ray machines.
In September of 2016, OSI bought American Science and Engineering Inc (AS&E), which makes all sorts of scanners, including this handheld device called the MiniZ
OSIS is currently trading at $92.94, closing in on late 2015 highs.

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