Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

  • Into Africa Via Hotels

    By Reuben Brewer - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: H, MAR, HOT

    As far as emerging markets go, Africa has been a distant also ran to China. However, the hoteliers are quickly building their businesses on the continent. It might be worth following Starwood (NYSE: HOT), Marriott (NYSE: MAR), and Hyatt (NYSE: H) into this uncharted region.

    According to Bloomberg, a rising middle class, increasing travel, and foreign business development, particularly from China, are combining to drive "the fastest pace of hotel more »

  • Catch the "Wynd" of Increasing Travel

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: MAR, HOT, WYN

    With the average daily rate of hotel rooms increasing by about 5% so far this year, hoteliers are gearing up for profit surges. I expect that to last for at least the next several years as international travel ramps up.

    Wyndham expands in developing world

    Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) is looking to expand in the developing world, and that is a strategy many of the top companies are taking. The more »

  • Should You Book This Investment?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: H, MAR, HOT

    Hyatt Hotels (NYSE: H) has 492 properties spread out over six continents, so its got geographic diversification covered. On the other hand, there are several reasons why it might not be an ideal investment right now. Let's look at both sides of the argument and see which side is best.

    A quality operation

    One thing that is indisputable is Hyatt is a high-quality operation. For instance, Hyatt has won more »

  • 3 Hotel Companies for Luxurious Returns

    By Shweta Dubey - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: IHG, MAR, HOT

    With the global economy on the path to recovery, it will lead to a rise in the spending capacity of the population. This directly impacts the demand for hotel rooms, as the tourism industry gets a boost. According to PFK Hospitality Research, residents staying away from home for more than one day are expected to rise to 3.3% this year. Compare that to the increase in supply of hotel more »

  • A Hot and Cold Investment

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: H, MAR, HOT

    If you believe in the economic recovery, then Starwood Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HOT) should be on your radar. If the job market continues to improve, consumers will have more discretionary income. This could lead to higher occupancy rates for Starwood and its peers. The entire industry seems to be very confident about the direction of the economy and consumption. They should be optimistic after last year’s performance. However, something more »

  • Which Hotel Company Is the Best Stay for Your Portfolio?

    By Mark Yagalla - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: H, MAR, HOT

    One segment of the market that continues to be strong is the international hotel business. Particularly in Asia, there's a building boom of new hotels as countries prosper and attract more international travelers. Hotel companies that have an international presence are able to leverage their brands and develop a loyal clientele. By having all price points, these hotel companies are also able to appeal to a wider range of more »

  • This Travel Industry Is Hot

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: MAR, HOT, WYN

    With the rebounding economy, the hotel industry is heating up and it appears that Starwood Hotels (NYSE: HOT) is the hottest. Starwood is a leading hotel and leisure company, with brands that include St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, Four Points and Element -- having over 1,000 hotels in 100 countries.  

    S&P noted that hotel room pricing was up 4.2% and occupancy was up 2.5%. Meanwhile, revenue per available more »

  • The US lodging industry post crisis

    By patricio kehoe - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: H, HOT, WYN

    Some investors view the luxury sector as recession proof. As the US economy is struggling to get back on the growth track, the lodging industry has followed the trend. According to the 2013 Host Almanac, the hotel sector in the US has reached a new high of $155.5 billion in revenue for 2012 and profitability margins are reaching the pre-crisis levels. All these data could be misleading if we more »

  • Can Hotel Companies Provide You with Stability and Growth?

    By Paul Sangrey - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: H, IHG, MAR, HOT, WYN

    One of the keys in investing is to find companies that have low downside risk but still have a great deal of upside potential.  This is exactly what Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE: HOT) gives you. It has an established position in the luxury hotel market and has weathered the most recent recession reasonably well. At the same time it is in the process of a major expansion into China more »

  • Luxury Hotels Look to Expand in Emerging Markets

    By Eileen Rojas - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: H, MNOIY, HOT

    At a recent hospitality investment conference held at New York University, hotel owners and investors discussed the importance of developing nations and their role in future expansion. Countries beyond North America and Europe are attracting the attention of the luxury hotel market, which has rebounded nicely from the recession. Travel Weekly reports that demand increased “4.4% in the Americas, 3.7% in Europe, and 4.9% in Asia-Pacific and more »

  • Lodging Industry Set to Reap Huge Profits

    By Ted Cooper - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: MAR, HOT, WYN

    In most markets, the price of a good is dictated by supply and demand. When supply outstrips demand, prices fall; when demand outstrips supply, prices can rise rapidly. The latter scenario currently exists in the lodging industry and is likely to persist for many years to come. Companies in this industry will likely experience large increases in profitability over the next few years as a result of the growing shortage more »

  • This Little-Known REIT Has One of the Best Dividends in the Industry

    By Nur Tarkak - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: MAR, RHP, HOT, WYNN

    Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP) is among the least known stocks in the market. Ryman is a small cap lodging REIT firm, with a market capitalization of $1.77 billion. Its P/E ratio of 82.88 is well above the P/E ratio of the S&P 500 at 18.7. However, its price to cash flow ratio of 16.3 is enough to cover the current dividends. The more »

  • The Travel Business Should Thrive In This Economy

    By Matthew Frankel - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: MAR, VAC, PCLN, HOT

    The travel business has always been very dependent on the health of the economy, particularly the unemployment rate and consumer confidence level. With the economic recovery beginning to actually look sustainable, maybe now is a good time to get back into this sector. One of my favorite plays on the increase in travel over the next few years is Marriott International (NYSE: MAR), one of the world’s largest hotel more »

  • 2 Hotels to Love, 1 to Question, 1 to Avoid

    By Erin McBride - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: H, MAR, HOT, WYN

    As the U.S. economy improves, both personal travelers and corporate travelers are returning to the road with a little more money to spend. The lodging industry has begun to see considerable improvement as a result, with many chains reporting pre-recession earnings.

    A TripAdvisor survey revealed 42% of U.S. travelers are planning to increase travel spending this year, and 79% of U.S. hoteliers are optimistic about increased profit more »

  • These 3 Stocks Should Benefit From a Growing Travel Market

    By John Timmes - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: IHG, MAR, HOT

    TripAdvisor recently published a bi-annual survey showing that travel spending and hotel profitability should increase in 2013. The report states that 42% of U.S. travelers are planning to increase their travel spending in 2013. Globally, 68% of hoteliers are optimistic that profits will increase in 2013. Additionally, 40% of global accommodations were planning to increase their room rates within three months of the report, which was published March 6 more »

  • Billionaire Jeffrey Vinik’s Favorite Stocks May Surprise You

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, BBY, LEN, MON, HOT

    Each quarter, hedge funds, such as Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management, file 13F forms with the SEC. These 13F forms disclose many of the positions held in the fund’s equity portfolio during the quarter. Jeffrey Vinik was the manager of Fidelity’s Magellan Fund from 1992 to 1996, generating an average return of 17% per year. He launched his own hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management, after leaving Fidelity more »

  • Vinik Asset's Top Five

    By Marshall Hargrave - May 27, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, BBY, HOT

    Jeffery Vinik's Vinik Asset Management has his top five stock picks spread across a number of industries. Vinik is a former manager of Fidelity’s Magellan Fund, the largest actively managed mutual fund in the U.S. He managed the fund from 1992 to 1996, generating an average return of 17% per year.
    Vinik left to start his own hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management, which has become a sector-focused more »
  • Hotel Investments: A Review

    By Vanina Egea - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: MAR, HOT, WYN

    Despite the seasonality of revenue, the hotel and motel industry requires constant renovations and maintenance to keep businesses healthy. In such a competitive environment, most global hotel companies are searching to augment guest satisfaction and gain a better foothold in the industry. Hence, brand conversion and remodeling are very important.

    I am going to analyze three companies, focusing on their investments and performance.

    Big investments and ambitious renovation plans

    Starwood more »

  • Why Is This Stock So HOT?

    By Marshall Hargrave - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: CHH, IHG, HOT

    The hotel industry could be a big benefactor from the rebounding economy and increased consumer spending. It appears one of the big winners in the sector so far has been Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE: HOT). Starwood posted 1Q 2013 EPS of $0.76, compared to $0.63 for the same period last year, blowing past $0.53 consensus estimates. The question is, does this mean there are more good more »

  • Enhancing Returns Through Expansions and Acquisitions

    By Shweta Dubey - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: H, MAR, HOT

    Good response in 2012 from international markets led to a positive and optimistic outlook for 2013 for the hotel industry. The industry reported high double-digit gains in “revenue per available room” or RevPAR, and expects to see good growth in the U.S. this year.

    This growth is expected to be driven by the increase in the “average daily rate” and the “occupancy rate.” With macro trends indicating positive growth more »

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