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

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 up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts fell 17 cents (-1%) to $16.61 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12.8 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.41-$16.95 after having opened the day at $16.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.78. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 5%, FirstService Corporation ( FSRV), down 4%, NTS Realty Holdings ( NLP), down 3.6%, and MPG Office ( MPG), down 3.2%.

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 $11.73 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue 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, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 13.9%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 10.3%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 4.6%, and MHI Hospitality Corporation ( MDH), up 4.3%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with Health Care REIT ( HCN) 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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