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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 down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Host Hotels & Resorts fell $0.26 (-1.4%) to $17.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,284,242 shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,841,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.85-$18.14 after having opened the day at $18.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.11. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 30.0%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 6.5%, Chatham Lodging ( CLDT), down 5.0% and Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 4.9%.

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 $14.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 80.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), up 18.0%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 12.5%, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), up 9.9% and Icahn ( IEP), up 6.9% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with E-House China Holdings ( EJ) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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