Shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:VAC) have received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the nine brokerages that are currently covering the stock. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $84.40.

Several research analysts have recently commented on VAC shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 28th. Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 price objective on shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. in a report on Monday, September 12th. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price objective on shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. from $84.00 to $88.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 27th. Telsey Advisory Group upped their price objective on shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. from $69.00 to $83.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, July 22nd. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. in a report on Sunday, June 26th.

In other Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. news, VP Brian E. Miller sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $78.66, for a total value of $314,640.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 18,771 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,476,526.86. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 2.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. boosted its position in shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. by 12.6% in the first quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. now owns 9,097 shares of the company’s stock worth $614,000 after buying an additional 1,015 shares in the last quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. by 11.0% in the first quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 105,144 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,097,000 after buying an additional 10,387 shares in the last quarter. Teachers Advisors Inc. boosted its position in shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. by 330.6% in the first quarter. Teachers Advisors Inc. now owns 168,055 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,344,000 after buying an additional 129,029 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its position in shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. by 1.8% in the first quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 302,899 shares of the company’s stock worth $20,446,000 after buying an additional 5,218 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. by 106.9% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,032 shares of the company’s stock worth $137,000 after buying an additional 1,050 shares in the last quarter. 78.31% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:VAC) traded up 0.211% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $73.475. 144,484 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $1.98 billion, a PE ratio of 19.336 and a beta of 1.18. Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. has a one year low of $45.95 and a one year high of $80.27. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $75.27 and its 200-day moving average is $68.39.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:VAC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The company reported $1.08 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.06. Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. had a net margin of 6.38% and a return on equity of 12.51%. The company had revenue of $429.95 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $436.93 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.91 EPS. Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp.’s quarterly revenue was up 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. will post $4.59 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 6th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 22nd will be issued a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.64%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, September 20th. Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 31.50%.

About Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation is a developer, marketer, seller and manager of vacation ownership and related products under the Marriott Vacation Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands. The Company is a developer, marketer and seller of vacation ownership and related products under The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club brand.

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