Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, hotel operator Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) has received a distressing two-star ranking. While one-star stocks have been the worst performers, our data has shown that two-star stocks still lag the market by a significant margin and should be approached with caution; conversely, highly rated stocks have outperformed the S&P.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Marriott's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Marriott facts

Headquarters (founded)

Bethesda, Md. (1971)

Market Cap

$5.85 billion



TTM Revenue

$13.18 billion


Chairman/CEO J. Willard Marriott Jr.

President/COO William Shaw

Net Income Growth (average, last five years, and TTM)

19.1% and (25.9%)


Starwood Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HOT),

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN)

CAPS members bearish on MAR also bearish on:

Carnival (NYSE:CCL),

Lennar (NYSE:LEN)

CAPS members bullish on MAR also bullish on:


Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, some 32% of the 97 All-Star members who have rated Marriott believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include srk85 and Zlobster, both of whom are ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Early last month, srk85 noted that Marriott's stock price seemed relatively steep: "Compared to other hotel companies, it's rather expensive. Earnings should decline for the second straight year in 2009."

In a pitch from three days later, Zlobster follows that bearish line of thinking and writes:

bearish on hospitality companies over the next 18-24 months. there has been an overconstruction of hotels corporate lean times (travel will be on top of things to cut back on) = lots of empty rooms. not likely to be able to ramp-down as quickly as some other industries in the coming environment.

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