Media stories about Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) have trended positive on Saturday, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Marriott International earned a coverage optimism score of 3.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news headlines about the company an news buzz score of 5 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Marriott International’s analysis:
- Honeymooning Couple Sues Hawaiian Hotels Over Employee Strike (msn.com)
- Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse Event Spaces (globenewswire.com)
- Marriott hotel tie-up set to lure foreign visitors to rural Japan (asia.nikkei.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Senate Victory Is a Loss for Marriott’s Board (bloomberg.com)
- Marriott International Names Liam Brown President and Managing Director of Europe (finance.yahoo.com)
MAR has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Marriott International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 9th. BidaskClub downgraded Marriott International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 5th. Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on Marriott International from $138.00 to $123.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday. Jefferies Financial Group set a $124.00 price objective on Marriott International and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Finally, Raymond James raised Marriott International from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 14th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $140.93.
Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) last released its earnings results on Monday, November 5th. The company reported $1.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.31 by $0.39. The firm had revenue of $5.05 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.28 billion. Marriott International had a return on equity of 68.01% and a net margin of 7.95%. The company’s revenue was down .6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.10 EPS. As a group, analysts anticipate that Marriott International will post 6.14 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 31st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 21st will be issued a $0.41 dividend. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.40%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 20th. Marriott International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 37.61%.
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About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc operates, franchises, and licenses hotel, residential, and timeshare properties worldwide. The company operates through three segments: North American Full-Service, North American Limited-Service, and Asia Pacific. It operates its properties under the JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, St.
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