News headlines about Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) have been trending positive this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Marriott International earned a daily sentiment score of 2.23 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media stories about the company an news buzz score of 8 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is very likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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NASDAQ:MAR opened at $117.17 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.75, a current ratio of 0.46 and a quick ratio of 0.46. Marriott International has a twelve month low of $106.96 and a twelve month high of $149.21. The stock has a market cap of $39.42 billion, a PE ratio of 26.87, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.62 and a beta of 1.38.

Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 5th. The company reported $1.70 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.31 by $0.39. Marriott International had a net margin of 7.95% and a return on equity of 68.01%. The company had revenue of $5.05 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.28 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.10 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Marriott International will post 6.18 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 31st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.41 per share. 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 is presently 37.61%.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Robert W. Baird set a $133.00 target price on shares of Marriott International and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 19th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Marriott International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 9th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price objective on shares of Marriott International from $143.00 to $138.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, August 8th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Marriott International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 30th. Finally, Longbow Research initiated coverage on shares of Marriott International in a research report on Friday, September 7th. They set a “buy” rating and a $156.00 price objective for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $140.00.

In other Marriott International news, Director Eric Hippeau sold 9,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated 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 completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 21,762 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,529,397.26. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 12.99% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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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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