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 up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Marriott International rose $0.53 (1.2%) to $43.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,669,365 shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,282,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.32-$43.84 after having opened the day at $43.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.19. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Morgans Hotel Group Company ( MHGC), up 13.2%, Flanigan's ( BDL), up 9.5%, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 4.6% and SeaWorld Entertainment ( SEAS), up 4.1%.
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Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and timeshare properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Marriott International a buy, 1 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Cosi ( COSI), down 14.7%, Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 4.1%, MTR Gaming Group ( MNTG), down 3.6% and Marriott Vacations Worldwide ( VAC), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Boyd Gaming Corporation ( BYD) being today's leisure industry laggard.

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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