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

Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts fell 14 cents (-0.9%) to $14.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of eight million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.57-$14.79 after having opened the day at $14.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.76. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: MPG Office ( MPG), down 6.9%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 6.4%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 5.3%, and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 4.4%.

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 $10.41 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 720.5, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 160.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 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 also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 14.7%, SYSWIN ( SYSW), up 7.1%, IFM Investments ( CTC), up 5.5%, and Newcastle Investment Corporation ( NCT), up 5.4%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with Vornado Realty ( VNO) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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