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Host Hotels & Resorts Inc (HST): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts fell $0.22 (-1.2%) to $17.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,638,554 shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,993,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.45-$17.71 after having opened the day at $17.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.71. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 12.5%, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), down 8.5%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 7.8% and Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), down 7.8%.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Atlas Financial Holdings ( AFH), up 9.0%, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), up 8.4%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 7.9% and Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), up 6.9% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Morgan Stanley ( MS) being today's featured financial sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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