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

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Marriott International ( MAR) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Marriott International rose 49 cents (1.4%) to $36.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.47-$36.33 after having opened the day at $35.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.62. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Coast Distribution System ( CRV), up 18.2%, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 15.6%, Quad/Graphics Inc. Class A ( QUAD), up 14.4%, and Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 11.5%.
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Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and corporate housing properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $11.33 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 negative front, YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 23%, Best Buy ( BBY), down 14.7%, Fortune Industries ( FFI), down 13.8%, and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 12.5%, were all laggards within the services sector with Comcast ( CMCSK) being today's services sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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