Marriott's strong revpar numbers overseas are a positive sign for Starwood, which has a large part of its business in Asia and Europe, says C. Patrick Scholes, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets & Co. Inc. Indeed, Starwood's revenue is expected to jump 10% to $1.4 billion, with earnings per share coming in at 46 cents compared to 35 cents a year ago, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. The slow economy and poor jobs market usually forces cutbacks in corporate and leisure travel, which is why hotels were so brutalized during the recession. But Marriott says an uptick in business travel has helped counteract negative economic trends. "The good news is we don't have new supply coming into the market and we continue to see strong corporate (business) which insulates us a little bit," Laura Paugh, senior vice president of investor relations for Marriott, said in an interview. Get the full story at The Wall Street Journal