NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

Choice Hotels International

(NYSE:

CHH

) is tomorrow, March 30, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $38.25 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for Choice Hotels International has been 115,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Choice Hotels International has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

leisure

industry. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Choice Hotels International, Inc. and subsidiaries operate as a hotel franchisor worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.2.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Choice Hotels International as buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full

Choice Hotels International Ratings Report

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