Host Hotels & Resorts

(

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 1.8%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts fell 37 cents (-2.4%) to $15.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.1 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.12-$15.42 after having opened the day at $15.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.53. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

E-House China Holdings

(

EJ

), down 9.7%,

America First Tax Exempt Investors L.P

(

ATAX

), down 9%,

Maui Land & Pineapple Company

(

MLP

), down 8%, and

FelCor Lodging

(

FCH

), down 7.3%.

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 $10.9 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1515, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 216.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

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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