Marriott International Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, February 9th, RTT News reports. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 23rd will be given a dividend of 0.33 per share on Friday, March 30th. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.97%.

Shares of Marriott International (MAR) opened at $136.29 on Friday. Marriott International has a fifty-two week low of $85.63 and a fifty-two week high of $149.21. The company has a current ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 0.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.83. The stock has a market capitalization of $48,810.14, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.73, a PEG ratio of 2.17 and a beta of 1.35.

Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $1.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.98 by $0.12. Marriott International had a return on equity of 31.58% and a net margin of 6.30%. The business had revenue of $5.66 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.22 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.91 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 43.7% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Marriott International will post 4.24 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Bruce W. Duncan sold 1,808 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, December 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $129.70, for a total value of $234,497.60. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 40,008 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,189,037.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Edward A. Ryan sold 6,550 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $120.40, for a total value of $788,620.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 67,856 shares in the company, valued at $8,169,862.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 91,825 shares of company stock worth $11,886,720 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 11.32% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Morgan Stanley raised their price objective on Marriott International from $110.00 to $112.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Royal Bank of Canada raised their price objective on Marriott International to $159.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. Barclays raised their price objective on Marriott International from $105.00 to $130.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 28th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and set a $115.00 price objective (up previously from $98.00) on shares of Marriott International in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, BidaskClub cut Marriott International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $117.21.

Marriott International announced that its board has initiated a stock repurchase program on Thursday, November 9th that allows the company to buyback 30,000,000 outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are typically a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

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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.

Dividend History for Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR)

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