Analyst Favorites With Strong Buyback Activity: Marriott International Ranks As A Top Pick
Investors are often keenly interested in knowing which companies are buying back their own stock, because companies often will only make such a move if they feel their stock is undervalued. Marriott International, Inc. is a company with strong buyback activity that is also considered a compelling buy by analysts; a bullish investor could take this to mean that sharp analyst minds came to the same bullish conclusion as the company itself that the stock is a good value, and therefore the stock should do well in the future.
Analysts studying companies buying back their own stock will also factor into their analysis that future earnings will now be spread over a smaller share count, thereby increasing the per-share earnings the remaining shares will enjoy, versus what that same number would have been absent the stock buyback activity.
According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, MAR makes up 1.70% of the First Trust NASDAQ-100 Ex-Technology Sector Index Fund ETF (QQXT) which is trading lower by about 0.8% on the day Friday.
MAR operates in the Hotels, Lodging, Restaurants & Travel sector, among companies like McDonald's Corp (MCD) which is up about 0.2% today, and Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS) trading lower by about 1.1%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of MAR, versus MCD and LVS.