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February 14, 2014
10:48 EDTMAR, HLT, H, CHH, IHG, WYN, HOTHotels rise after Hyatt results beat expectations
The shares of a number of hotel chains are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Hyatt Hotels (H), reported significantly stronger than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: Hyatt's fourth quarter earnings per share, excluding some items, came in at 32c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 20c. The company's revenue was slightly higher than expected. Its revenue per available room, or RevPAR, rose 6.2% versus the fourth quarter of 2012. "Looking ahead, we expect healthy occupancy levels in the U.S. to support increasing strength in room prices," said Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian in a statement. WHAT'S NOTABLE: UBS upgraded Starwood (HOT) to Buy from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today, after the stock fell yesterday in response to the company's decision not to buy back any shares last quarter. The firm expects the company to be able to buy back shares going forward and it predicts that strength in North America, asset sales, and RevPAR gains in China will drive the stock higher. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Hyatt jumped 5.6% to $52.35, Starwood advanced 2.6% to $77.34, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) advanced 1.6% to $33.50, and Marriott (MAR) gained 1% to $50.65. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the space include Choice Hotels (CHH), Hilton Worldwide (HLT), and Wyndham (WYN).
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August 28, 2015
10:02 EDTIHGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADP (ADP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... ASML (ASML) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded on Hollister fundamentals at RBC Capital... Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Ares Capital (ARCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Banco Santander (SAN) upgraded on valuation at Deutsche Bank... CIBC (CM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Canon (CAJ) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Citi (C) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... El Pollo Loco (LOCO) upgraded at Stifel... Genomic Health (GHDX) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded on valuation, upcoming project completion at Stifel... Habit Restaurants (HABT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Himax (HIMX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... InterContinental (IHG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Strong Buy on valuation at Raymond James... LogMeln (LOGM) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Patterson Companies (PDCO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Qunar (QUNR) upgraded on valuation, positive catalysts at Stifel... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ryder (R) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... SVB Financial (SIVB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research... Sinopec (SNP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... U.S. Bancorp (USB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:27 EDTIHGInterContinental upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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August 27, 2015
10:02 EDTCHHChoice Hotels announces expansion of Cambria hotels and suites in Minnesota
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08:06 EDTHOTStarwood enters Romania market with Sheraton Bucharest
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August 26, 2015
10:17 EDTIHG, WYNMKM Partners' four Lodging stock ideas following the pullback
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August 24, 2015
15:01 EDTWYNWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
14:09 EDTWYNCourt says Wyndham failed to safeguard customer information, Reuters reports
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