Marriott International Inc. (MAR): Today's Featured Leisure Loser

Marriott International ( MAR) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Marriott International fell 24 cents (-0.6%) to $39.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.42-$39.87 after having opened the day at $39.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.77. Other company's within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Bluegreen Corporation ( BXG), down 12%, Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 8.5%, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 8.5%, and Famous Dave's of America ( DAVE), down 7.8%.

Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and corporate housing properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $12.92 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 70.9 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 Thursday. Currently there are 11 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 positive front, Expedia ( EXPE), up 23.5%, Nathans Famous ( NATH), up 6.3%, Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), up 5%, and Isle of Capri Casinos ( ISLE), up 4.7%, were all gainers within the leisure industry with Yum Brands ( YUM) being today's featured leisure industry winner.

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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