Analysts expect that Hyatt Hotels Co. (NYSE:H) will announce earnings of $0.19 per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Six analysts have provided estimates for Hyatt Hotels’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.10 and the highest is $0.29. Hyatt Hotels reported earnings per share of $0.29 during the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year over year growth rate of 34.5%. The company is expected to report its next quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Wednesday, February 14th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Hyatt Hotels will report full-year earnings of $1.73 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.63 to $1.81. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of $1.50 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.11 to $1.81. Zacks’ EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for Hyatt Hotels.

Several research firms have issued reports on H. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $78.00 price objective on shares of Hyatt Hotels in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Hyatt Hotels from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $84.00 target price on shares of Hyatt Hotels in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Raymond James Financial upgraded shares of Hyatt Hotels from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $82.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, Wolfe Research upgraded shares of Hyatt Hotels from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $74.69.

In related news, insider Mark Samuel Hoplamazian sold 49,173 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.54, for a total transaction of $3,517,836.42. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 300,655 shares in the company, valued at $21,508,858.70. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Elsinore Trust sold 111,003 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.56, for a total transaction of $7,721,368.68. Following the sale, the insider now owns 40,878 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,843,473.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 774,539 shares of company stock valued at $54,245,219 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 27.51% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Bamco Inc. NY increased its position in Hyatt Hotels by 0.4% during the third quarter. Bamco Inc. NY now owns 4,456,997 shares of the company’s stock worth $275,398,000 after purchasing an additional 17,660 shares during the last quarter. Long Pond Capital LP increased its position in Hyatt Hotels by 14.1% during the third quarter. Long Pond Capital LP now owns 3,035,548 shares of the company’s stock worth $187,567,000 after purchasing an additional 374,704 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of Hyatt Hotels by 4.6% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,835,831 shares of the company’s stock valued at $135,007,000 after acquiring an additional 80,084 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in shares of Hyatt Hotels by 63.0% during the third quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 1,018,390 shares of the company’s stock valued at $62,927,000 after acquiring an additional 393,424 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Gruss Capital Management LP increased its position in shares of Hyatt Hotels by 316.1% during the third quarter. Gruss Capital Management LP now owns 645,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $39,855,000 after acquiring an additional 490,000 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 38.38% of the company’s stock.

Hyatt Hotels (NYSE H) traded up $0.37 on Tuesday, reaching $76.98. 952,481 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 747,254. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39. The stock has a market capitalization of $9,152.54, a P/E ratio of 42.77, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 11.90 and a beta of 1.31. Hyatt Hotels has a fifty-two week low of $50.21 and a fifty-two week high of $82.50.

Hyatt Hotels announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback plan on Thursday, December 14th that allows the company to repurchase $750.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the company to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

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About Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt Hotels Corporation is a global hospitality company. The Company develops, owns, operates, manages, franchises, licenses or provides services to a portfolio of properties. The Company operates through four segments: owned and leased hotels; Americas management and franchising (Americas); ASPAC management and franchising (ASPAC), and EAME/SW Asia management and franchising (EAME/SW Asia).

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