Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide - Daily Trading Report

Posted on 04/02/2012 by Allen Bersch

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- During the last trading session, a new 90-day call record for traded contracts was established. There were 0.8 calls traded for every put contract yielding a 1.29 put/call ratio.

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Unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move. Investors can use the put/call ratio statistics to measure trader sentiment. A high put/call ratio suggests that the overall investment sentiment is bearish and that investors expect the underlying stock to decrease in value. Conversely, a low put/call ratio implies that investor sentiment is bullish based on the large amount of call options.

After a more than fivefold increase in Starwood's stock price since early 2009, a lodging recovery is fully priced into the stock, and shares are fairly valued. Additionaly, Starwood's timeshare division is an unattractive business relative to its managed and franchised hotel operations. The timeshare industry is mature, cyclical, capital-intensive, and generates relatively low returns. Starwood shareholders would benefit from a sale or spin-off of the division.

The last trading session witnessed a low of $55.72 and high of $56.64 during the day. Shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide slipped $0.02 (0.04%) to $56.39. The current trading volume of 3M is greater than average volume of 2M shares. The stock's 52 week low is $35.78 and 52 week high is $61.70. To date, the stock has lost -4.15% within the last week.

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