Marriott International Inc. (MAR): Today's Featured Leisure Winner - TheStreet

Marriott International

(

MAR

) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Marriott International rose 29 cents (0.8%) to $38.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.67-$38.19 after having opened the day at $38.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.87. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were:

Isle of Capri Casinos

(

ISLE

), up 5.2%,

Frisch's Restaurants

(

FRS

), up 5.2%,

Bluegreen Corporation

(

BXG

), up 4.2%, and

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain

(

CCSC

), up 4%.

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Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and corporate housing properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $12.51 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 68.7 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Pizza Inn Holdings

(

PZZI

), down 10%,

Chipotle Mexican Grill

(

CMG

), down 5.7%,

7 Days Group Holdings

(

SVN

), down 5.1%, and

Empire Resorts

(

NYNY

), down 4.4%, were all losers within the leisure industry with

Starbucks Corporation

(

SBUX

) 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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