Marriott International (MAR) Receiving Somewhat Critical Press Coverage, Study Shows

News articles about Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) have trended somewhat negative on Monday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Marriott International earned a news impact score of -1.70 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave press coverage about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Marriott International’s ranking:

Marriott International stock opened at $115.03 on Monday. Marriott International has a 12-month low of $106.96 and a 12-month high of $149.21. The firm has a market cap of $39.24 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.38, a PEG ratio of 1.61 and a beta of 1.38. The company has a current ratio of 0.46, a quick ratio of 0.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.75.

Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 5th. The company reported $1.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.31 by $0.39. Marriott International had a net margin of 7.95% and a return on equity of 68.01%. The firm had revenue of $5.05 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.28 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.10 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that Marriott International will post 6.18 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 31st. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.41 per share. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.43%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 20th. Marriott International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 37.61%.

Several research firms recently weighed in on MAR. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Marriott International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 9th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Marriott International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 5th. Jefferies Financial Group set a $124.00 target price on shares of Marriott International and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 7th. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and set a $130.00 target price (down previously from $133.00) on shares of Marriott International in a report on Friday, November 9th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co set a $127.00 target price on shares of Marriott International and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 14th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $140.00.

In related news, Director Eric Hippeau sold 9,000 shares of Marriott International stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $116.23, for a total transaction of $1,046,070.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 21,762 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,529,397.26. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 12.99% of the company’s stock.

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Marriott International Company Profile

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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