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

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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 down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts rose $0.30 (1.7%) to $18.16 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,577,989 shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,820,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.79-$18.17 after having opened the day at $17.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.86. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Homex Development ( HXM), up 22.5%, Zillow ( Z), up 14.8%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 10.2% and ZipRealty ( ZIPR), up 7.5%.

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 $13.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, 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, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 10.5%, Dynex Capital ( DX), down 8.8%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 7.3% and Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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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