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

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Host Hotels & Resorts (HST) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts fell $0.22 (-1.2%) to $18.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,742,390 shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,851,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.12-$18.52 after having opened the day at $18.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.41. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Marlin Business Services (MRLN), down 8.8%, CoreSite Realty (COR), down 7.5%, Doral Financial (DRL), down 6.4% and China HGS Real Estate (HGSH), down 5.3%.

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 $14.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 80.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Wheeler Real Estate Investment (WHLR), up 6.7%, E-House China Holdings (EJ), up 6.3%, American Realty Investors (ARL), up 4.9% and Icahn (IEP), up 2.9% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas (ARCP) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate (IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund (REK).

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