Reduces Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE: VAC) to Hold

Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE: VAC – Get an Assessment) was downgraded by from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note published on Saturday.

Separately, Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft lowered its target price on Marriott Vacations Worldwide from $205.00 to $202.00 in a Tuesday, May 17 report. One equity research analyst gave the stock a hold rating, four gave the stock a buy rating and one gave the stock a high buy rating. According to data from MarketBeat, the company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $201.40.

VAC shares opened at $148.87 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $6.17 billion, a price-earnings ratio of 49.62 and a beta of 2.14. The company has a debt ratio of 1.60, a current ratio of 2.86 and a quick ratio of 2.31. Marriott Vacations Worldwide has a 1 year minimum of $132.65 and a 1 year maximum of $175.79. The company has a 50-day moving average of $147.85 and a 200-day moving average of $156.92.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE: VAC – Get Rating) last released its results on Thursday, May 5. The company reported EPS of $1.70 for the quarter, beating analyst consensus estimates of $1.47 by $0.23. The company posted revenue of $1.05 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ estimates of $1.04 billion. Marriott Vacations Worldwide posted a net margin of 3.23% and a return on equity of 9.84%. During the same period last year, the company posted ($0.49) earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue increased by 38.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, stock analysts expect Marriott Vacations Worldwide to post earnings per share of 9.93 for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Executive Vice President Lizabeth Kane-Hanan sold 6,308 shares in a trade on Friday, March 18. The stock was sold at an average price of $157.44, for a total transaction of $993,131.52. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Additionally, Vice Chairman Michael E. Yonker sold 1,000 shares of the company in a trade on Friday, March 25. The stock was sold at an average price of $155.35, for a total value of $155,350.00. The disclosure of this sale can be found here. 2.60% of the shares are held by insiders.

Institutional investors have recently changed their positions in the stock. Total Clarity Wealth Management Inc. acquired a new stock position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide in Q4 worth $25,000. South Dakota’s Sageworth Trust Co purchased a new stake in Marriott Vacations Worldwide during Q4, valued at approximately $28,000. UMB Bank NA MO acquired a new position in shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide in the fourth quarter worth approximately $31,000. Penserra Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide in the first quarter worth about $40,000. Finally, Cornerstone Advisory LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide during the fourth quarter at a value of approximately $43,000. 86.67% of the shares are held by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Marriott Vacations Worldwide (Get a rating)

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation, a vacation company, develops, markets, sells and manages vacation ownership and related products. It operates through two segments, Vacation Ownership and Exchange & Third-Party Management. The Company manages vacation ownership and related products under the Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, Sheraton Vacation Club, Westin Vacation Club, Hyatt Residence Club and Marriott Vacation Club Pulse brands.

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