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

Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts rose 27 cents (1.7%) to $16.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.88-$16.21 after having opened the day at $15.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.91. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: FirstCity Financial Corporation ( FCFC), up 8.6%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 7.8%, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), up 6%, and HFF ( HF), up 4.7%.

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 $11.38 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1582, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 226 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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.

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