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Host Hotels & Resorts



) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts rose $0.30 (1.5%) to $20.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,500,496 shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,733,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.90-$20.29 after having opened the day at $20.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.94. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

Supertel Hospitality



), up 12.0%,

China Housing & Land Development



), up 5.6%,

Hilltop Holdings



), up 5.5% and

PennyMac Financial Services



), up 4.6%.

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 $14.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 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


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Roberts Realty Investors



), down 12.9%,

American Spectrum Realty



), down 5.1%,

LGI Homes



), down 4.6% and

China HGS Real Estate



), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with

Realogy Holdings



) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate



) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

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