Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (HOT): Today's Featured Leisure Laggard

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) pushed the Leisure industry lower today making it today's featured Leisure laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide fell $2.54 (-3.9%) to $63.32 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,178,697 shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,911,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.01-$65.40 after having opened the day at $65.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.86. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Panera Bread Company ( PNRA), down 6.8%, Ruth's Hospitality Group ( RUTH), down 6.2%, Chuy's Holdings ( CHUY), down 4.4% and Nathans Famous ( NATH), down 3.9%.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. operates as a hotel and leisure company worldwide. The company operates luxury and upscale full-service hotels, resorts, residences, retreats, select-service hotels, and extended stay hotels under the St. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), up 5.1%, China Lodging Group ( HTHT), up 4.1%, Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), up 3.5% and MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), up 3.4% , 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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