NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (HOT)  is set to announce its fourth quarter 2015 earnings on Thursday before the opening bell. 

Both profit and revenue are projected to decline year-over-year. 

Wall Street is looking for earnings of 79 cents a share on revenue of $1.44 billion for the latest quarter.

During the same period a year ago, the company earned 97 cents a share on revenue of $1.49 billion.

Overall, foreign exchange will likely hurt the company's revenue per available room (RevPar) as over half of its properties are located outside the U.S. Additionally, tourism may be impacted by the slowdown in most of the emerging Latin American economies, Zacks Equity Research said. 

In November, Marriott International (MAR) said it was acquiring rival Starwood Hotels & Resorts for $12.2 billion, creating the world's largest hotel company. 

The deal is expected to close by the middle of next year, the companies said.

Shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide are rising 2.04% to $66.37 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Separately, TheStreet Ratings currently has a "Buy" rating on the stock with a letter grade of B-.

The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

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