NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Hilton Worldwide (HLT) - Get Report  were higher on heavy trading volume late-afternoon Monday as the company is expected to post its 2016 fiscal third-quarter results before Wednesday's opening bell. 

Analysts surveyed by FactSet are looking for adjusted earnings of 23 cents per share on revenue of $2.99 billion.

In 2015, the McLean, VA-based hotel operator reported earnings of 23 cents per diluted share and $2.90 billion in revenue. 

Additionally, Hilton today said that Chinese tourism and logistics conglomerate HNA Group agreed to purchase a 25% stake in Hilton from Blackstone Group (BX) for $6.5 billion. 

HNA will pay approximately $26.25 per share in cash, decreasing Blackstone's investment in Hilton to about 21%. 

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017. 

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About 16.18 million shares of Hilton have traded so far today vs. the 30-day average volume of 6.03 million shares.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

The team rates Hilton Worldwide as a Hold with a ratings score of C. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, the team also finds weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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