I also think you can skip the update statistics after a rebuild based on BOL topic Using Statistics to Improve Query Performance, "Operations such as rebuilding, defragmenting, or reorganizing an index do not change the distribution of data. Therefore, you do not need to update statistics after performing ALTER INDEX REBUILD, DBCC REINDEX, DBCC INDEXDEFRAG, or ALTER INDEX REORGANIZE operations. The query optimizer updates statistics when you rebuild an index on a table or view with ALTER INDEX REBUILD or DBCC DBREINDEX, however; this statistics update is a byproduct of re-creating the index. The query optimizer does not update statistics after DBCC INDEXDEFRAG or ALTER INDEX REORGANIZE operations. "
Typical MS. First we are told you do not need to update the statistics after a rebuild since the data distribution has not changed but then we are told the rebuild causes the statistics to be updated.
HTH -- Mark D Powell --