Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) saw some unusual options trading on Friday. Stock investors acquired 7,596 put options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 635% compared to the typical volume of 1,033 put options.

In other Marriott International news, Director Mary K. Bush sold 1,200 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $100.89, for a total value of $121,068.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 1,101 shares in the company, valued at $111,079.89. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, insider David S. Marriott sold 19,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $103.26, for a total value of $2,013,570.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 638,636 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $65,945,553.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 45,016 shares of company stock valued at $4,662,064. 17.07% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of MAR. Gradient Investments LLC boosted its stake in shares of Marriott International by 0.3% in the second quarter. Gradient Investments LLC now owns 2,011 shares of the company’s stock valued at $202,000 after buying an additional 6 shares during the period. Family Firm Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Marriott International by 0.3% in the second quarter. Family Firm Inc. now owns 2,931 shares of the company’s stock valued at $294,000 after buying an additional 8 shares during the period. Alexandria Capital LLC boosted its stake in shares of Marriott International by 0.7% in the second quarter. Alexandria Capital LLC now owns 1,644 shares of the company’s stock valued at $165,000 after buying an additional 12 shares during the period. First Bank & Trust boosted its stake in shares of Marriott International by 1.2% in the second quarter. First Bank & Trust now owns 1,701 shares of the company’s stock valued at $171,000 after buying an additional 20 shares during the period. Finally, Burt Wealth Advisors boosted its stake in shares of Marriott International by 0.4% in the second quarter. Burt Wealth Advisors now owns 8,029 shares of the company’s stock valued at $805,000 after buying an additional 30 shares during the period. 67.06% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Marriott International (NASDAQ MAR) opened at 103.95 on Wednesday. Marriott International has a 52-week low of $65.91 and a 52-week high of $110.51. The stock has a market capitalization of $39.39 billion, a P/E ratio of 36.82 and a beta of 1.36. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $102.51 and its 200 day moving average price is $95.73.

Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) last issued its earnings results on Monday, August 7th. The company reported $1.13 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.11. The business had revenue of $5.80 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.73 billion. Marriott International had a return on equity of 38.10% and a net margin of 4.91%. Marriott International’s revenue was up 48.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.03 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Marriott International will post $4.04 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on MAR shares. J P Morgan Chase & Co reissued an “overweight” rating and issued a $111.00 target price on shares of Marriott International in a report on Friday, May 12th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) lowered Marriott International from a “conviction-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, April 11th. Barclays PLC reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $105.00 target price on shares of Marriott International in a report on Friday, May 12th. BidaskClub raised Marriott International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Marriott International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, May 16th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $98.44.

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Marriott International Company Profile

Marriott International, Inc (Marriott International) is a lodging company. Marriott International operates in three business segments: North American Full-Service, North American Limited-Service and International. Its North American Full-Service segment includes its Luxury and Premium brands (JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Renaissance Hotels, Le Meridien, Autograph Collection Hotels, Delta Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, and Tribute Portfolio) located in the United States and Canada.

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