3 Stocks Pushing The Leisure Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 16,415 as of Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,581 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is up $0.81 (1.1%) to $77.33 on average volume. Thus far, 686,725 shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.37-$77.53 after having opened the day at $76.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.52.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. operates as a hotel and leisure company worldwide. The company owns, operates, and franchises 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 $14.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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