Host Hotels & Resorts Inc

(

HST

) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc fell 33 cents (-2.3%) to $14.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10.7 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.22-$14.53 after having opened the day at $14.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.59. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

E-House China Holdings

(

EJ

), down 12.2%,

Doral Financial

(

DRL

), down 8.4%,

Elbit Imaging

(

EMITF

), down 7.8%, and

Jones Lang LaSalle Inc

(

JLL

), down 7.5%.

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 Inc has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. Shares are down 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Tree.com Inc

(

TREE

), up 10.9%,

ZipRealty Inc

(

ZIPR

), up 6.2%,

Supertel Hospitality Inc

(

SPPR

), up 5.8%, and

Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc

(

IMH

), up 5.7%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with

BRE Properties Inc

(

BRE

) being today's featured real estate industry winner.

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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