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

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Marriott International ( MAR) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Marriott International fell 40 cents (-1.1%) to $35.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.87-$36.69 after having opened the day at $36.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.29. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), down 7.7%, Multimedia Games ( MGAM), down 6.2%, Flanigan's ( BDL), down 4.4%, and Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), down 3.4%.
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Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and corporate housing properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $11.56 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Marriott International a buy, one analyst rates 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.

On the positive front, PokerTek ( PTEK), up 13.9%, Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), up 9.8%, Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), up 4%, and Town Sports International Holdings ( CLUB), up 3.7%, were all gainers within the leisure industry with Wyndham Worldwide Corporation ( WYN) being today's featured leisure industry leader.

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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