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

Marriott International ( MAR) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Marriott International fell $0.45 (-1.1%) to $41.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,182,118 shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,089,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.70-$42.32 after having opened the day at $42.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.18. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Empire Resorts ( NYNY), down 3.5%, Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment ( DDE), down 3.3%, Ignite Restaurant Group ( IRG), down 2.5% and Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), down 2.3%.

Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and timeshare properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 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 positive front, Wendy's ( WEN), up 5.7%, PokerTek ( PTEK), up 3.4%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), up 3.3% and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ( KKD), up 2.5% , were all gainers within the leisure industry with ( PCLN) 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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