Shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:VAC) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are covering the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $82.75.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on VAC shares. Telsey Advisory Group upped their price objective on Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. from $69.00 to $83.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, July 22nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $91.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 26th. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their target price on Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. from $84.00 to $88.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 27th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $92.00 target price on shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. in a report on Monday, September 12th.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:VAC) opened at 76.26 on Thursday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $67.93 and its 200 day moving average price is $68.37. Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. has a 12 month low of $45.95 and a 12 month high of $80.27. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.06 billion, a PE ratio of 18.47 and a beta of 1.26.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:VAC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 13th. The company reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.15 by $0.19. Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. had a net margin of 6.68% and a return on equity of 13.10%. The company earned $407 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $446.83 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.82 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. will post $4.66 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Moody Aldrich Partners LLC increased its position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. by 140.2% in the second quarter. Moody Aldrich Partners LLC now owns 27,635 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,893,000 after buying an additional 16,130 shares in the last quarter. Smith Asset Management Group LP increased its position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. by 188.0% in the second quarter. Smith Asset Management Group LP now owns 44,715 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,063,000 after buying an additional 29,190 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can bought a new position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. during the second quarter worth $374,000. Adams Diversified Equity Fund Inc. bought a new position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. during the second quarter worth $514,000. Finally, New York State Teachers Retirement System increased its position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. by 5.3% in the second quarter. New York State Teachers Retirement System now owns 72,091 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,938,000 after buying an additional 3,600 shares during the period. 78.23% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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