Four Hotel Stocks You Can Rest Easy With

A surprising pickup in business and vacation travel in recent months has energized the otherwise languid hotel business. Analysts now expect the uptick to continue. Here are four lodging companies that offer investors the best chance of riding the industry's wave.

Travel Rebound Drives Marriott's Earnings Up 42%

Hotel chain Marriott beat Wall Street expectations, turning in a 31 cent earnings-per-share increase and a 42% rise in net income for the second quarter. The strong results reflect a travel rebound supporting firmer rates and occupancy.

Shhh: 10 Make-or-Break Trade Secrets

Every company promises a better product -- a better burger, a better search engine, a better hotel room. For these companies, their secret for a superior product is worth millions -- or even billions.