Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Marriott Vacations Worldwide (VAC) Stock Price

Media coverage about Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE:VAC) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Marriott Vacations Worldwide earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.3420386135222 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

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Several research analysts have recently commented on VAC shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Marriott Vacations Worldwide from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 12th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $141.00 target price on shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. ValuEngine raised Marriott Vacations Worldwide from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 5th. Finally, Macquarie started coverage on Marriott Vacations Worldwide in a report on Friday, January 5th. They issued an “outperform” rating on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $136.11.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide stock opened at $133.59 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $3,594.11, a P/E ratio of 16.27 and a beta of 1.29. The company has a quick ratio of 3.71, a current ratio of 5.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05. Marriott Vacations Worldwide has a 1-year low of $94.57 and a 1-year high of $154.14.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE:VAC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $1.56 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.16 by $0.40. Marriott Vacations Worldwide had a return on equity of 16.46% and a net margin of 11.61%. The firm had revenue of $481.22 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $491.36 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.83 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 14.8% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Marriott Vacations Worldwide will post 6.94 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 1st were issued a dividend of $0.40 per share. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.20%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, February 28th. Marriott Vacations Worldwide’s dividend payout ratio is 19.49%.

In other Marriott Vacations Worldwide news, VP Michael E. Yonker sold 2,636 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $143.21, for a total transaction of $377,501.56. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, VP Michael E. Yonker sold 1,242 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $151.06, for a total value of $187,616.52. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 4,894 shares in the company, valued at approximately $739,287.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 5,128 shares of company stock worth $748,368. Company insiders own 3.30% of the company’s stock.

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About Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation focuses on vacation ownership, based on number of owners, number of resorts and revenues. The Company is an exclusive worldwide developer, marketer, seller and manager of vacation ownership and related products under the Marriott Vacation Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands.

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