Research Recommendations For Marriott International Inc. (MAR): Here is What You Should Know

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Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) saw an upside of 0.84% to $171.05 after adding $1.42 on Wednesday. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,818,280 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $170.93 in the past week and touched a new high 4 times within the past 5 days. An average of 1,702,775 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,862,564.

MAR’s 1-month performance is 14.04% or $22.08 on its low of $145.58 reached on 12/28/22. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $131.01 and high of $195.90, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 01/25/23. YTD, MAR has achieved 13.93% or $21.77 and has reached a new high 12 times. However, the current price is down -12.69% from the 52-week high price.


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Insider Transactions

MAR stock investors last saw insider trading activity on Nov 21.HIPPEAU ERIC (Director) most recently sold 7,200 shares at $160.24 per share on Nov 21. This transaction cost the insider $1,153,728. EVP & Chief HR Officer, Breland Benjamin T., sold 625 shares at a price of $162.00 on Nov 11. Then, on Sep 08, Director HIPPEAU ERIC sold 13,987 shares at a price of $158.77 per share. This transaction amounted to $2,220,716.

Valuation Metrics

MAR stock has a beta of 1.57. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 2.68 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 51.72, with the price to cash flow ratio at 25.95.

Marriott International Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended September 29 was 0.50, with the current ratio over the same period at 0.50. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending September 29 was 8.33, while the total debt to equity was 8.86. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 21.70%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $2.8 billion against revenue of $13.86 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending September 29 this year, Net income and sales went down compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 65.08% to $630.0 million, while revenue of $678.0 million was -7.62% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected MAR to announce $1.68 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $1.69, representing a 0.60% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $1.03 billion. MAR stock balance sheet for the quarter ending September 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 23.7 billion, with total debt at $10.42 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $316.54 million.

Let’s look briefly at Marriott International Inc. (MAR) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 24 January was 81.32% to suggest the stock is trending Overbought, with historical volatility in this time period at 17.36%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $167.45, reflecting a +6.80% or $10.87 change from its current price. MAR is currently trading +14.86% above its 20-day SMA, +11.01% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 by +8.03% and SMA200 by+3.65%.

Stochastic %K and %D was 98.22% and 96.57% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 3.68. The RSI (14) points at 72.79%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 98.86% with the period’s ATR at 3.70. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 5.35 and 9.33 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), Jefferies downgraded it to a Hold rating. They previously had a Buy rating on the stock.

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