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Analyzing the US Hotel Industry's Key Indicators in 2Q17

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How Has the Hotel Industry Performed in 2017?

Baird/STR index

The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index measures the performances of the top 20 hotel companies in terms of market capitalization. 

In June 2017, the index fell 2.4% to close at 4,809.35. However, year-to-date (or YTD) in June 2017, the index has recorded a great performance. It’s risen 25.4% in the period, higher than its 19.6% rise in June 2016.

How Has the Hotel Industry Performed in 2017?

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Stock performance

In June 2017, Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) is the only stock to have posted a rise of 1.7%. All other stocks have fallen. Marriott International (MAR) posted the highest fall of 6.3%, followed by Hilton Worldwide Holdings’ (HLT) fall of 4.7%. Hyatt Hotels (H) also fell 1.9%, and Intercontinental Hotels (IHG) fell 1.3%.

However, YTD as of June 29, 2017, all hotel industry stocks have given investors reason for delight. Wyndham stock has outperformed its peers by rising 31.9%. Marriott stock has risen 21.2%, Intercontinental has risen 19.3%, Hilton has risen 7.3%, and Hyatt has risen 2.1% in the same period.

The broader market tracked by the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) has risen ~8.0% YTD as of June 29, 2017.

You can gain exposure to hotel stocks by investing in the First Trust Consumer Discretionary AlphaDEX ETF (FXD), which invests ~14.8% in the hotel, restaurants, and leisure sector. It holds 0.58% in Wyndham Worldwide (WYN), 0.87% in Hyatt Hotels, 0.90% in Hilton Worldwide Holdings, and 1.2% in Marriott International.

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