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

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Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts rose $0.20 (1.2%) to $17.22 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,106,233 shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,671,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.95-$17.46 after having opened the day at $16.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.02. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: BCSB Bankcorp ( BCSB), up 28.4%, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), up 16.0%, Prudential Bancorp Inc. of Pennsylvania ( PBIP), up 15.1% and Cordia Bancorp ( BVA), up 13.4%.
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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 $12.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 126.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), down 10.2%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 10.0%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 8.1% and IRSA Inversiones y Representaciones ( IRS), down 7.7% , were all laggards within the financial sector with U.S. Bancorp ( USB) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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