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 down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Marriott International rose $0.52 (1.3%) to $41.09 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,378,064 shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,155,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.34-$41.69 after having opened the day at $40.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.57. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 29.7%, Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), up 18.4%, Food Technology Service ( VIFL), up 17.8% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 16.1%.

Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and timeshare properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 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, good cash flow from operations, 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 low profit margins.

On the negative front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 24.8%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 24.0%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 20.6% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 19.4% , were all laggards within the services sector with Target ( TGT) being today's services sector laggard.

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