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June 18, 2014
07:31 EDTMAR, H, HOTJPMorgan sees further upside to lodging stocks
JPMorgan believes the positive RevPAR growth cycle in the lodging space has further room to run as do the stocks in the sector. The firm raised its price target for Marriott (MAR) shares to $70 from $65, for Starwood (HOT) to $87 from $85 and for Hyatt Hotels (H) to $66 from $63. JPMorgan keeps Overweight ratings on all three names.
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June 30, 2015
06:02 EDTHOTStarwood reduced energy use by 12%
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwid announced it has reduced energy use by 12.08%, carbon emissions by 16.07% and water use by 17.26% across all owned, managed and franchised properties from 2008 through 2014. The reductions stem from Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 environmental goals, launched in 2009, to cut energy use by 30% and water use by 20% by 2020 globally. In 2013, Starwood added a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 30% during the same timeframe.
June 29, 2015
05:57 EDTHHyatt and Wyndham invest in Airbnb rivals, Financial Times reports
Hyatt (H) was revealed to be among a group of investors to join a fundraising round for Onefinestay, an upmarket competitor to Airbnb, reports the Financial times. According to two people familiar with the matter, Wyndham Hotels (WYN) has also taken a stake in another London-based startup called LoveHomeSway, a subscription service that allows homeowners to swap their homes. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
10:00 EDTMAROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:47 EDTMARMarriott and Universal Music Group launch global marketing partnership
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05:29 EDTMARMarriott initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital
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June 24, 2015
16:11 EDTHOTAshford Hospitality to acquire two hotels in Minneapolis for $101M
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07:03 EDTHOTStarwood, Accenture extent IT outsourcing contract
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June 22, 2015
09:40 EDTHOTActive equity options trading on open
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08:19 EDTHOTThe Luxury Collection invests $300M to grow North America portfolio
The Luxury Collection announced, in coordination with its owner partners, a $300M effort to expand and improve its hotel portfolio in North America. Part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection is investing in marquee hotel conversions and landmark renovations in diverse U.S. destinations, including Key West, Lake Tahoe, San Antonio and San Francisco, as it continues to grow around the world. A milestone year for the brand, The Luxury Collection is on track to surpass 100 hotels in more than 30 countries by the end of 2015.
June 18, 2015
10:01 EDTHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:37 EDTMARTripAdvisor deal attractive for Marriott, says UBS
UBS said the TripAdvisor (TRIP) deal is attractive for Marriott (MAR) since its adds a new customer acquisition outlet with a flexible partner. The firm also noted fear of further consolidation in the OTA space and the likelihood Marriott is at the low end of the commission scale. UBS reiterated its Neutral rating and $83 price target on Marriott shares.
05:43 EDTHHyatt initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
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June 17, 2015
17:19 EDTMAROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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13:36 EDTMARTripAdvisor up nearly 8% to $82.34 after striking partnership with Marriott
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12:34 EDTMARMarriott, TripAdvisor announce Instant Booking partnership
Marriott International (MAR) and TripAdvisor (TRIP) announced they are expanding their partnership and will add Marriott's global hotel portfolio to the TripAdvisor Instant Booking platform. Starting later this summer, travelers shopping for hotel rooms on TripAdvisor will be able to make a booking at any of Marriott's more than 4,200 hotels around the world without leaving the TripAdvisor site experience. The agreement also signifies a strategic partnership between Marriott and TripAdvisor to introduce new customers to Marriott's broad portfolio of 19 brands. TripAdvisor first launched its Instant Booking platform to U.S. consumers in June 2014, with a gradual roll out to other international markets expected over time. The platform provides a more efficient hotel booking experience for travelers.
09:00 EDTHOTStarwood commences construction on W, Element dual-branded hotel
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the commencement of construction for its first-ever W and Element dual-branded hotel development, scheduled to open in the heart of downtown Philadelphia in early 2018. The 295-room W Philadelphia and 460-room Element Philadelphia will occupy a 51 story skyscraper located in the geographic center of the city’s business, arts and retail districts, and directly across from Philadelphia City Hall. Owned by Chestlen Development and developed by Vine Street Matthews Development.
June 16, 2015
07:01 EDTHOTStarwood files Form 10 for planned spinoff of vacation ownership business
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced a key milestone toward the planned spin-off of its vacation ownership business into a separate publicly traded company. Starwood Vacation Ownership, which will be named Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc. upon completion of the spin-off transaction, has filed an initial Form 10 Registration Statement with the SEC. The spin-off will be effected through a pro rata distribution of the new entity’s stock to Starwood stockholders, and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015. The spin-off remains subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and the satisfaction of certain other customary conditions, including the effectiveness of the Form 10 Registration Statement. Starwood may, at any time until the closing of the separation, decide to abandon, modify or change the terms of the separation. Starwood has retained Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Credit Suisse as financial advisers and Latham & Watkins LLP as legal counsel to advise on the planned spin-off.

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