New Big Money Means Marriott International Inc. (MAR) Investors Could Reap Benefit

1,122 institutions hold shares in Marriott International Inc. (MAR), with 53.81M shares held by insiders accounting for 16.59% while institutional investors hold 72.41% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 326.10M, and float is at 270.52M with Short Float at 2.59%. Institutions hold 60.40% of the Float.

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The top institutional shareholder in the company is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) with over 21.05 million shares valued at $2.78 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 6.49% of the MAR Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is FMR, LLC with 16.81 million shares valued at $2.22 billion to account for 5.18% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Blackrock Inc. which holds 15.99 million shares representing 4.93% and valued at over $2.11 billion, while Price (T.Rowe) Associates Inc holds 4.19% of the shares totaling 13.59 million with a market value of $1.79 billion.

Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is 8.07% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $46.56 and a high of $148.91 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will continue to grow shareholders’ wealth in the market. Here’s what analysts think will happen to its price in the coming time. The MAR stock was last observed hovering at around $136.28 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 6.28% off its average median price target of $134.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 10.9% off the consensus price target high of $160.00 offered by 24 analysts, but current levels are -22.9% lower than the price target low of $116.00 for the same period.

Currently trading at $142.56, the stock is 13.84% and 12.01% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 5.3 million and changing 4.61% at the moment leaves the stock 35.35% off its SMA200. MAR registered -0.47% loss for a year compared to 6-month gain of 51.63%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $126.16 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $112.74.

The stock witnessed a 12.59% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a 18.46%, and is 10.10% up over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 4.04% over the week and 3.16% over the month.

Marriott International Inc. (MAR) has around 121000 employees, a market worth around $44.78B and $13.77B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 271.03 and Fwd P/E is 30.25. Profit margin for the company is -1.90%. Distance from 52-week low is 206.17% and -4.26% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (2.60%).

Marriott International Inc. (MAR) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Marriott International Inc. (MAR) is a “Overweight”. 24 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.50, where 16 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 8 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Marriott International Inc. is expected to release its quarterly report on 05/12/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $0.06 with sales reaching $2.44B over the same period.The EPS is expected to shrink by -121.60% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 26.80% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to shrink -47.80% in year-over-year returns.

Marriott International Inc. (MAR) Insider Activity

A total of 45 insider transactions have happened at Marriott International Inc. (MAR) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 30 and purchases happening 15 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by SORENSON ARNE M, the company’s President & CEO. SEC filings show that SORENSON ARNE M sold 100,000 shares of the company’s common stock on Dec 28 at a price of $128.72 per share for a total of $12.87 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 0.76 million shares.

Marriott International Inc. disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Dec 08 that Smith Craig S. (Group President) sold a total of 7,803 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Dec 08 and was made at $132.32 per share for $1.03 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 20477.0 shares of the MAR stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Dec 04, Brown William P (Group Pres., US and Canada) disposed off 4,000 shares at an average price of $133.51 for $0.53 million. The insider now directly holds 10,284 shares of Marriott International Inc. (MAR).

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Marriott International Inc. (MAR): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include Extended Stay America Inc. (STAY) that is trading 29.69% up over the past 12 months. Choice Hotels International Inc. (CHH) is 2.59% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has risen 9.57% from the last report on Dec 30, 2020 to stand at a total of 6.33 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 2.91.

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