Today Marriott Vacations Worldwide (VAC) Hits New Lifetime High

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Marriott Vacations Worldwide ( VAC) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Marriott Vacations Worldwide as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • VAC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $10.5 million.
  • VAC has traded 1,013 shares today.
  • VAC is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on VAC:

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation develops, markets, sells, and manages vacation ownership and related products under the Marriott Vacation Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands. VAC has a PE ratio of 25.7. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Marriott Vacations Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Marriott Vacations Worldwide has been 198,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Marriott Vacations Worldwide has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. The stock has a beta of 1.51 and a short float of 3.2% with 6.23 days to cover. Shares are up 14.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Marriott Vacations Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 38.91% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • MARRIOTT VACATIONS WORLDWIDE has improved earnings per share by 17.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, MARRIOTT VACATIONS WORLDWIDE increased its bottom line by earning $2.17 versus $0.14 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.78 versus $2.17).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry average. The net income increased by 16.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $31.00 million to $36.00 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.47, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels.

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