Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Stock Rating Reaffirmed By Zacks (hot)

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Analysts at MKM Partners raised their price target on shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide from $85.00 to $92.00 in a research note to investors on Wednesday, December 18th. They now have a buy rating on the stock. Separately, analysts at JMP Securities raised their price target on shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide from $75.00 to $88.00 in a research note to investors on Tuesday, December 17th. Finally, analysts at Nomura upgraded shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research note to investors on Monday, December 16th. Source:

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Considering the call seller will also collect the premium, that would drive a total return (excluding dividends, if any) of 8.22% if the stock gets called away at the August 2014 expiration (before broker commissions). Of course, a lot of upside could potentially be left on the table if HOT shares really soar, which is why looking at the trailing twelve month trading history for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc, as well as studying the business fundamentals becomes important. Below is a chart showing HOTs trailing twelve month trading history, with the $80.00 strike highlighted in red: Considering the fact that the $80.00 strike represents an approximate 1% premium to the current trading price of the stock (in other words it is out-of-the-money by that percentage), there is also the possibility that the covered call contract would expire worthless, in which case the investor would keep both their shares of stock and the premium collected. The current analytical data (including greeks and implied greeks) suggest the current odds of that happening are 50%. On our website under the contract detail page for this contract, Stock Options Channel will track those odds over time to see how they change and publish a chart of those numbers (the trading history of the option contract will also be charted). Source:

Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 10.37, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. Powered by its strong earnings growth of 950% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 74.44% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time. Source:

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agreed to resolve their patent licensing disputes, not long after InterDigital lost its patent-infringement case against three device makers. Engility Holdings Inc. (EGL, $33.30, +$1.16, +3.61%) agreed to acquire fellow government contractor Dynamics Research Corp. (DRCO, $11.46, +$0.00, +0.00%) for $120.9 million as Engility looks to position itself in new, higher-end markets. Source: