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

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Marriott International ( MAR) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Marriott International rose 41 cents (1.1%) to $37.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.13-$37.99 after having opened the day at $37.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.53. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Orient-Express Hotels ( OEH), up 4.2%, Red Lion Hotels Corporation ( RLH), up 3.1%, Scientific Games Corporation ( SGMS), up 2.9%, and Marcus Corporation ( MCS), up 2.8%.
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Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and corporate housing properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $12.27 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Marriott International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marriott International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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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