3 Leisure Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Leisure industry currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 1.4%, and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), up 0.8%.

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

3. Marriott International ( MAR) is one of the companies pushing the Leisure industry higher today. As of noon trading, Marriott International is up $0.48 (0.7%) to $71.62 on light volume. Thus far, 511,034 shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.21-$71.81 after having opened the day at $71.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.14.

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Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and timeshare properties worldwide. The company operates through four segments: North American Full-Service, North American Limited-Service, International, and Luxury. Marriott International has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 44.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Marriott International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Marriott International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) is up $0.78 (0.9%) to $83.80 on light volume. Thus far, 498,917 shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.97-$84.09 after having opened the day at $83.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.02.

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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 $15.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Starbucks ( SBUX) is up $0.42 (0.6%) to $75.51 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Starbucks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.10-$75.65 after having opened the day at $75.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.09.

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Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. Starbucks has a market cap of $56.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Starbucks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Starbucks Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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