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Jefferies initiated coverage on Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE: HOT) with a Buy rating and a $59 price target.

Jefferies noted, "We find a lot to like about Starwood. An asset-light operator, the company has a strong domestic heritage, but the business is evolving towards faster-growing Emerging Markets. Starwood comes top on our qualitative Jefferies Scorecard. The company stands on 10.3x FY13E EV/EBITDA, an 8% discount to Marriott, despite its more positive attributes. Our price target offers 17% upside potential."

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide closed at $51.52 on Friday.

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