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November 12, 2012
07:26 EDTMARMarriott volatility flat as shares trend lower
Marriott overall option implied volatility of 26 is below its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement as shares approach nine-month low.
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November 30, 2015
07:34 EDTMARStarwood downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
Stifel downgraded Starwood (HOT) following the acquisition offer by Marriott (MAR) for approximately $76 per share. Stifel does not expect a higher bid for Starwood to emerge.
06:53 EDTMARChinese bidders looking to acquire InterContinental, Telegraph reports
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06:21 EDTMARMarriott downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
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November 24, 2015
16:20 EDTMARAshford Hospitality Prime to acquire Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas for $64M
Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the 180-room Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas for $64M, or $355,000 per key, from Marriott (MAR). The acquisition is expected to close in approximately 30 days, subject to customary closing conditions. The company intends to finance the property with approximately $40M of non-recourse mortgage debt. The property will continue to be operated as a Ritz-Carlton property under a long-term management agreement with Ritz-Carlton. The purchase price for The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas represents a trailing 12-month cap rate of 10% on net operating income and a trailing 7.2x EBITDA multiple, according to the Company's preliminary estimates. On a trailing 12-month basis as of October 2015, Ashford estimates The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas achieved RevPAR of $433, with an Average Daily Rate of $555 and 78% occupancy. Located on 30 pristine oceanfront acres along Great Bay, The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is recognized as one of the best hotels in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Opened as The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas in 1996, the resort recently completed a comprehensive $22M renovation of guest rooms and public space.
November 22, 2015
14:15 EDTMARMarriott shares could advance 50% after Starwood acquisition, Barron's says
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November 20, 2015
16:35 EDTMARStocks follow worst week of year with one of best after Fed minutes give clarity
Stocks ended the week with sharp gains, with the S&P rising over 3%, bouncing back from last week's equally sharp declines. The primary driver of the move appeared to be the Fed minutes, which provided further clarity that December's meeting is firmly on the table for the central bank to make its first rate hike in many years. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting showed that most participants expect that rate hike conditions will be met by their December meeting. The Fed repeated its constant refrain, though, that the actual decision would depend on the implications for the medium-term outlook from recent economic data... The consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. Housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. The Empire State index, which measures manufacturing in the N.Y. region, edged up to -10.74 in November, up from last month's -11.4, but below expectations for a -6.5 reading... In Europe, minutes from the most recent European Central Bank policy meeting showed that some participants called for more stimulus amid deflation risks, weak oil prices and a sluggish recovery in the regions' economy... In Asia, Japan's gross domestic product declined 0.8% in the third quarter, missing expectations for a 0.2% decrease and taking the nation's economy back into recession. Later in the week, the Bank of Japan maintained its current pace of monetary stimulus, as expected. Meanwhile, China's Securities Regulatory Commission has restarted initial public offerings for five companies to list on the Shanghai stock exchange and five in Shenzhen, ending a five-month freeze on IPOs. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced 3.5% on Tuesday after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot (HD), gained more than 4% that day after its own better than expected quarterly reports, which came on the heels of largely disappointing reports from other major retailers. Target (TGT), however, fell more than 4% on Wednesday after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Among others reporting earnings this week, TJX Companies (TJX) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) rose immediately following their reports, while Kirkland's (KIRK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) fell right after their own... The biggest U.S. health insurer said Thursday that it is considering pulling out of Obamacare due to losses it has suffered from its participation in the program and cut its profit outlook for this fiscal year, sending its shares and those of its industry peers lower. UnitedHealth (UNH) fell after trimming its fiscal 2015 earnings outlook, citing the Affordable Care Act, and stating that it is "evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment." Aetna (AET), Humana (HUM), Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI) all declined following their rival's announcement, though Aetna and Anthem followed the news up Friday morning by each reaffirming their fiscal 2015 earnings outlooks. Hospital stocks fell as well, with HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Community Health (CYH) and Tenet (THC) all ending the Thursday lower by 6% or more... Square (SQ) rose 45% to close its first day as a publicly-traded company at $13.07 after pricing its initial public offering at $9 per share. Twitter (TWTR), which, like Square, claims Jack Dorsey as its CEO, advanced a bit following Square's public debut as well. Another high-profile tech company also gained in its first day of public trading, as Match Group (MTCH), the owner of dating app Tinder and other online dating services, climbed 22.8% to $14.74 after pricing its IPO at $12 per share... Bloomberg reported that Pfizer (PFE) is nearing an agreement to acquire Allergan (AGN) for $370 to $380 per share, citing people familiar with the matter. CNBC's David Faber then reported that deal talks are in the "final innings" and centered on an all stock transaction whereby Pfizer would offer 11-plus shares per Allergan share. Then, people close to the talks told Financial Times that the U.S. drugmaker is preparing to offer more than $380 per share for Allergan. Amid all these reports, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that his department will release "targeted guidance" later this week meant to "deter and reduce further the economic benefits of corporate inversions" like the one being contemplated by the drugmakers. In other M&A news, Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) found a buyer, but not the one that media reports had been foreshadowing. Starwood and Marriott (MAR) announced a deal under which the companies will combine in a cash and stock transaction valued at $12.2B to create the world's largest hotel company. Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NSC) both advanced after Canadian submitted a bid to acquire Norfolk, though the latter immediately criticized the offer as "low-premium." Airgas (ARG) surged about 30% after agreeing to be acquired by France's Air Liquide for $143 per share. Fairchild (FCS) jumped 8.5% after agreeing to be acquired for $20 per share by ON Semiconductor (ON)... Qualcomm (QCOM) dropped sharply after disclosing that Korea's Fair Trade Commission alleged the company does not "properly negotiate" aspects of its licenses and may be violating Korean competition law... SunEdison (SUNE) had another tough week, falling about 43% amid ongoing concerns regarding its liquidity and after quarterly filings revealed that several prominent hedge funds exited or trimmed their stakes in the company... ConAgra (CAG) gained 4% on Wednesday after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies... Nike (NKE) advanced to close out the week after the footwear and sports apparel giant announced a two-for-one stock split, a $12B stock repurchase program and plans to boost its dividend... Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) dropped sharply after the Center for Disease Control announced that three additional states have reported people infected within the E. coli outbreak linked to the company's restaurants. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 3.35% to close at 17,823.81, the S&P 500 rose about 3.27% to close at 2,089.17, and the Nasdaq advanced about 3.58% to close at 5,104.92.
November 18, 2015
10:02 EDTMARHigh option volume stocks: CIT TDC MAR JNK EIX TIF NBG DSX FCS ARG
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07:32 EDTMARW.P. Carey acquires $52M Marriott International net lease portfolio
W. P. Carey (WPC) has acquired a portfolio of six Courtyard by Marriott hotels for approximately $52M. The portfolio is triple-net leased to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott (MAR). The portfolio of six properties has shown strong operating performance in recent years, including growth in average daily rate, occupancy and revenue per available room, and has generated consistent operating margins and substantial rent coverage. The portfolio is triple-net leased with a remaining term of approximately 11 years and includes fixed rent escalations.
November 17, 2015
09:28 EDTMARMarriott expands Mobile Requests to five additional brands
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06:44 EDTMARStarwood was near deal with Hyatt before Marriott, WSJ says
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