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

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide rose $1.06 (1.4%) to $77.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,428,753 shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,669,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.37-$77.68 after having opened the day at $76.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.52. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI), up 6.4%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), up 5.3%, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), up 4.9% and Diamond Resorts International ( DRII), up 4.8%.

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 that 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.

On the negative front, Chuy's Holdings ( CHUY), down 5.1%, Diversified Restaurant Holdings ( BAGR), down 3.8%, Century Casinos ( CNTY), down 2.8% and Buffalo Wild Wings ( BWLD), down 2.3% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) being today's leisure industry laggard.

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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