Marriott International

(

MAR

) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Marriott International rose 22 cents (0.6%) to $38.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.29-$38.28 after having opened the day at $37.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.88. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were:

Good Times Restaurants

(

GTIM

), up 22.5%,

Expedia

(

EXPE

), up 6.8%,

Orbitz Worldwide

(

OWW

), up 6.2%, and

PokerTek

(

PTEK

), up 5.4%.

Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and corporate housing properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $12.58 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.4, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 69.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 30.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Marriott International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marriott International as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

China Lodging Group

(

HTHT

), down 6.2%,

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain

(

CCSC

), down 5.8%,

MTR Gaming Group

(

MNTG

), down 5.3%, and

Asia Entertainment & Resources

(

AERL

), down 5%, were all losers within the leisure industry with

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

(

HOT

) being today's leisure industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the leisure industry could consider

PowerShares Dynamic Leisure&Entert

(

PEJ

) while those bearish on the leisure industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services

(

SCC

).

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