Traders Purchase Large Volume of Call Options on Hilton Worldwide (HLT)

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT) saw some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Stock investors bought 27,466 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 1,877% compared to the average volume of 1,389 call options.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on HLT shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Hilton Worldwide from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. Raymond James Financial raised Hilton Worldwide from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and lowered their price target for the stock from $78.00 to $69.00 in a research note on Monday, January 8th. B. Riley reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $84.00 price target (up from $73.00) on shares of Hilton Worldwide in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. SunTrust Banks lifted their price target on Hilton Worldwide to $92.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered Hilton Worldwide from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $84.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Eleven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $80.89.

Shares of Hilton Worldwide stock opened at $79.95 on Friday. Hilton Worldwide has a one year low of $56.24 and a one year high of $88.11. The company has a market cap of $23,712.02, a P/E ratio of 39.98, a P/E/G ratio of 5.70 and a beta of 1.33. The company has a current ratio of 0.90, a quick ratio of 0.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.16.



Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 14th. The company reported $0.54 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.10. Hilton Worldwide had a return on equity of 39.37% and a net margin of 13.77%. The firm had revenue of $2.28 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.24 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.70 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 23.9% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Hilton Worldwide will post 2.63 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 29th. Investors of record on Friday, March 2nd were given a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 1st. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.75%. Hilton Worldwide’s payout ratio is 30.00%.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Lombard Odier Asset Management Europe Ltd purchased a new position in Hilton Worldwide during the fourth quarter worth approximately $208,000. Jump Trading LLC purchased a new stake in Hilton Worldwide in the fourth quarter valued at $286,000. Atria Investments LLC purchased a new stake in Hilton Worldwide in the fourth quarter valued at $292,000. Conning Inc. purchased a new stake in Hilton Worldwide in the fourth quarter valued at $312,000. Finally, Delpha Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in Hilton Worldwide in the fourth quarter valued at $312,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.70% of the company’s stock.

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Hilton Worldwide Company Profile

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc is a hospitality company. The Company is engaged in owning, leasing, managing and franchising hotels and resorts. The Company’s segments include ownership, and management and franchise. Its global portfolio of owned and leased properties includes a range of hotels in gateway cities, such as New York City, London, San Francisco, Chicago, Sao Paolo and Tokyo.

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