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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Wyndham Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels, Marriott International

   The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide,
   Wyndham Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels, Marriott International and DISH Network

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CHICAGO, April 5, 2013

CHICAGO, April 5, 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 Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), Wyndham Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:WYN), Hyatt Hotels
Corporation (NYSE:H), Marriott International Inc. (NYSE:MAR) and DISH Network
Corp. (Nasdaq:DISH).

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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

Starwood's W Steps Into China

One of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.'s (NYSE:HOT) high-end brands,
W, recently made its debut in mainland China with the opening of a hotel in
Guangzhou. Owned and developed by real estate developer, KWG Property
Holdings, this W property also marks the 44th hotel of the brand worldwide. 

China is all set to bring about a recovery in global tourism and by 2020 it is
expected to be the world's largest travel destination. Starwood looks forward
to tap this opportunity. In 2011, Starwood even shifted its management team to
China to understand the market more closely through interactions with local
stakeholders.

This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company is now scrutinizing its opportunities in
various untapped but highly populated Chinese cities. We believe, the opening
of the latest 317 room-property is a strategic fit as Guangzhou is the third
largest Chinese city and the largest city in southern China. Guangzhou is a
key transportation and trading hub of the country, which boosts business
travel in the area.

Besides, the property is in close proximity to some of the chief cultural
attractions in the country and will likely serve leisure travelers. Several
other hoteliers including Wyndham Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:WYN), Hyatt Hotels
Corporation (NYSE:H) and Marriott International Inc. (NYSE:MAR) have a
presence in this region.

Coming to the brand, Starwood set a new trend in hotel designs with its W
brand and hopes to have 60 W hotels by the end of 2015. The brand was launched
in 1998 in New York. The W brand of hotels, aimed at the young, have a high
growth trajectory and are currently present in North America, Europe, Latin
America, Asia Pacific as well as Middle East and Africa.

In order to further ramp up its presence in the rapidly growing emerging
market of Asia, Starwood remains on the verge of launching 20 new hotels under
its W brand in the region over the next five years. These openings will
translate into a twofold increase in W's Asian portfolio. Apart from
Guangzhou, Starwood intends to launch the brand in several other Chinese
cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha and Suzhou by 2018.

DISH Network Suffers Setback

Recently, DISH Network Corp. (Nasdaq:DISH) suffered a setback as Standard &
Poor's Rating Services (S&P) lowered its outlook on the company to Stable from
Positive. The rating agency cited growing leverage of DISH coupled with
uncertainty related to its wireless venture, as the primary reasons for this
outlook downgrade. However, the S&P reiterated its existing corporate credit
rating of DISH at "BB-", which is three notches into the rating agency's junk
category.

Although DISH received the FCC approval to deploy a nationwide wireless
network, it came with a restrictive condition. The FCC stated that DISH may
start installing its nationwide wireless network using a truncated power level
than what the company was initially holding. A reduction in DISH's frequency
level is required to avoid interference with an adjacent PCS H Block frequency
that FCC will auction in 2013.

DISH's plan for the wireless spectrum is not yet clear. Management said it may
try to collaborate with several established telecom or tech companies to
jointly establish a wireless network or it may even sell its airwaves for
simple monetary gain. Recently, DISH decided to raise $1 billion of debt for
general corporate purposes, which may include wireless and spectrum-related
strategic transactions.

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