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Takeaway: Mass visitation looks good - positive for Macau operators, particularly LVS.

While September finished with a dud, Golden Week visitation is way up over last year.

The Macau stocks may react initially to September being up "only 12%" but it looks like October is off to a strong start.  As reported in the press today, Macau September GGR fell short of the 15-17% Street expectations due to late month softness.  We suspect hold played a role.

However, despite a tough comparison, 2012 Golden Week visitation is off to a blazing start.  Total visitation from Oct 1-3 is up 36% YoY while visitation from mainland China grew 15%.  In October 2011, total visitation and mainland Chinese visitation were up 14% and 31%, respectively.  Higher Mass visitation particularly benefits Mass-centric properties such as LVS's Venetian and Sands Cotai Central and MPEL's City of Dreams and Galaxy Macau.

STRONG VISITATION TO START OFF GOLDEN WEEK - GGR