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

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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 23 cents (-1.4%) to $16.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, five million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of seven million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.62-$16.97 after having opened the day at $16.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.90. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 7.4%, Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), down 6.4%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 2.8%, and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 2.7%.
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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 $12.11 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 557, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and unimpressive growth in net income.

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