There are hundreds of gaming companies and dozens of publicly traded gaming stocks operating in the resorts and casinos industry. The commercial casino industry is an important part of the U.S. entertainment industry and the U.S. economy. It is also vital to states and communities where it operates, creating jobs and business opportunities. It also provides direct gaming tax revenues to stimulate struggling economies and help communities grow. Internationally, many U.S. commercial gaming stocks have helped to build the industry into an important part of the global economy. A number of U.S. gaming stocks either have operations in foreign markets or are pursuing expansion abroad.