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 1.5%. By the end of trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide fell $1.15 (-1.7%) to $65.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,091,404 shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,862,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.77-$65.98 after having opened the day at $65.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.35. Other companies within the Leisure industry that declined today were: Renren ( RENN), down 11.4%, Arcos Dorados Holdings ( ARCO), down 5.6%, Nathans Famous ( NATH), down 5.6% and Pizza Inn Holdings ( PZZI), down 5.5%.

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 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers ( RRGB), up 8.4%, Bowl America Incorporated ( BWL.A), up 2.6%, Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment ( DDE), up 2.3% and Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain ( CCSC), up 2.2%.

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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