Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp (NYSE:VAC) has been given an average rating of “Buy” by the eleven analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $136.37.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the company. ValuEngine downgraded Marriott Vacations Worldwide from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 12th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Marriott Vacations Worldwide from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 19th. Nomura set a $158.00 price objective on Marriott Vacations Worldwide and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 23rd. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group started coverage on Marriott Vacations Worldwide in a research report on Monday, July 16th. They set a “buy” rating and a $150.00 target price for the company.

NYSE:VAC traded down $0.60 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $85.98. The stock had a trading volume of 668,613 shares, compared to its average volume of 676,911. Marriott Vacations Worldwide has a fifty-two week low of $83.64 and a fifty-two week high of $154.14. The company has a market capitalization of $2.28 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.88, a P/E/G ratio of 1.20 and a beta of 1.41. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25, a quick ratio of 5.17 and a current ratio of 6.99.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE:VAC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The company reported $1.59 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.84 by ($0.25). Marriott Vacations Worldwide had a return on equity of 15.81% and a net margin of 9.16%. The firm had revenue of $594.69 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $595.15 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.74 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Marriott Vacations Worldwide will post 7.18 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, October 4th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 20th were given a dividend of $0.40 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, September 19th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.86%. Marriott Vacations Worldwide’s payout ratio is currently 27.68%.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. bought a new stake in Marriott Vacations Worldwide during the second quarter worth approximately $108,000. Mount Yale Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in Marriott Vacations Worldwide during the first quarter worth approximately $140,000. Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide by 266.7% during the second quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 1,100 shares of the company’s stock worth $124,000 after purchasing an additional 800 shares during the period. Moneta Group Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in Marriott Vacations Worldwide during the second quarter worth approximately $132,000. Finally, Contravisory Investment Management Inc. bought a new stake in Marriott Vacations Worldwide during the second quarter worth approximately $143,000. 90.24% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation develops, markets, sells, and manages vacation ownership and related products under the Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and Marriott Vacation Club Pulse brands. It operates through three segments: North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe. The company also develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership and related products under The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club brand; and holds right to develop, market, and sell ownership residential products under The Ritz-Carlton Residences brand.

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