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 down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Marriott International fell 89 cents (-2.3%) to $38.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.60-$39.97 after having opened the day at $39.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.49. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 8.9%, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 5.8%, Ruth's Hospitality Group ( RUTH), down 5.5%, and Monarch Casino & Resort ( MCRI), down 5.5%.
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Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and corporate housing properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $12.23 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Marriott International a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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 solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income 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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