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 up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts rose $0.30 (1.8%) to $17.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,664,811 shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,934,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.01-$17.42 after having opened the day at $17.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.04. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 28.3%, IFM Investments ( CTC), up 8.4%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 6.8% and Chambers Street Properties ( CSG), up 5.0%.

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 $12.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 11.5%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 4.5%, PMC Commercial ( PCC), down 2.5% and Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 2.3% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Digital Realty ( DLR) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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