The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Big 5 Sporting Goods, Wyndham Worldwide, Marriott International, Home Inns & Hotels

 The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Big 5 Sporting Goods, Wyndham Worldwide,
   Marriott International, Home Inns & Hotels Management and Choice Hotels
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CHICAGO, March 28, 2013

CHICAGO, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Big 5 Sporting Goods
Corp.(Nasdaq:BGFV), Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN), Marriott
International Inc.(NYSE:MAR), Home Inns & Hotels Management
Inc.(Nasdaq:HMIN) andChoice Hotels International Inc. (NYSE:CHH).

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Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:

Big 5 Retains Outperform Rec

We have maintained our long-term Outperform recommendation onBig 5 Sporting
Goods Corp.(Nasdaq:BGFV) based on the company's better-than-expected
quarterly results for the third consecutive quarter.

Why Reiterate?

Big 5 Sporting has surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in 3 of the trailing
4 quarters in the range of negative 66.7% to positive 50.0%. The average
surprise over the last 4 quarters remained positive at 2.7%.

Driven by strong top-line performance along with effective cost management,
Big 5 Sporting's earnings for fourth-quarter 2012 jumped nearly four-fold to
19 cents per share against 5 cents reported in the comparable year-ago
quarter, and came a penny ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The
company's sales grew 7.4% year over year to $243.6 million and surpassed the
Zacks Consensus Estimate of $242.0 million.

Big 5 Sporting now anticipates earnings per share in the range of 18 cents to
24 cents per share in first-quarter 2013 compared with a penny recorded in the
first quarter of 2012. Further, in anticipation of favorable weather
conditions and higher demand for firearms and ammunition products, management
expects same-store sales in first-quarter 2013 to grow in the
high-single-digit range.

Following strong quarterly performance for the fourth quarter and a robust
outlook, the Zacks Consensus Estimates have been showing an upward trend. For
fiscal 2012 and 2013, the Zacks Consensus Estimate was raised by 17 cents and
9 cents to $1.07 and $1.23 per share in the last 30 days, respectively.

Wyndham, Margaritaville in JV

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation's (NYSE:WYN) operational arm Wyndham Vacation
Ownership (WVO) in association with Margaritaville Hospitality Group is on the
verge of reconstructing Grand Beach Palace Resort, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin
Islands. Positioned at the northeast of St. Thomas, the 25-acre resort is
strategically located near the beach.

The redeveloped resort, Wyndham St. Thomas will be the first Margaritaville
Vacation Club branded property. In order to restore the property, Wyndham has
taken a refurbishment initiative, which is scheduled to start this summer.
Primarily, the resort's 290 guest rooms will be converted into 262 condominium
units. Subsequently, the resort will undergo a complete renovation within a
period of three years.

Wyndham St. Thomas is slated to open for business in 2014. With the completion
of the restoration, the resort is likely to generate new employment
opportunities in the region.

However, to tap the growing potential,Marriott International Inc.(NYSE:MAR)
is also developing its vacation ownership timeshare business in St. Thomas,
U.S. Virgin Islands through its Marriot Vacation Club.

Wyndham's Vacation Ownership segment develops, markets, and sells vacation
ownership interests to individual consumers, provides consumer financing in
connection with the sale of VOIs, and offers property management services at
resorts.

Wyndham derives a substantial chunk of revenues from its vacation ownership or
timeshare business, which has solid long-term potential. Revenues from the
Vacation Ownership segment at Wyndham rose 12.0% to $590.0 million in the
fourth quarter of 2012.

Wyndham carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some players in the same industry,
which are going to perform well, moving ahead, includeHome Inns & Hotels
Management Inc.(Nasdaq:HMIN), andChoice Hotels International Inc.(NYSE:CHH).
Home Inns & Hotels Management carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) while
Choice Hotels has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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