Shares of Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE:HST) saw an uptick in trading volume on Friday . 17,487,784 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 57% from the previous session’s volume of 11,107,586 shares.The stock last traded at $17.91 and had previously closed at $17.51.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on HST. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a research note on Saturday, April 30th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a research note on Sunday, June 26th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered Host Hotels & Resorts from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $16.00 to $15.00 in a research note on Wednesday, July 13th. Evercore ISI lowered Host Hotels & Resorts from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus began coverage on Host Hotels & Resorts in a research note on Tuesday, March 29th. They set a “buy” rating and a $19.00 price objective for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $17.97.

The company has a market cap of $13.38 billion and a P/E ratio of 21.07. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $16.32 and its 200-day moving average is $15.56.

Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HST) last issued its earnings results on Friday, April 29th. The company reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.03. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.35 EPS. The business had revenue of $1.34 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.35 billion. The business’s revenue was up 2.8% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. will post $1.68 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 30th were issued a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.47%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 28th.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in HST. Morgan Stanley raised its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 6.7% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 39,788,030 shares of the company’s stock valued at $610,348,000 after buying an additional 2,485,535 shares during the period. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 9,868,805 shares of the company’s stock valued at $151,387,000 after buying an additional 92,439 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 9,852,116 shares of the company’s stock valued at $151,139,000 after buying an additional 153,322 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund raised its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 2,108,687 shares of the company’s stock valued at $32,347,000 after buying an additional 12,500 shares during the period. Finally, OppenheimerFunds Inc. raised its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 82.0% in the fourth quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 1,793,492 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,520,000 after buying an additional 808,041 shares during the period.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc (Host Inc) operates as a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company operates through hotel ownership segment. The Company owns properties and conducts operations through Host Hotels & Resorts, L.P., in which the Company holds approximately 99% of the partnership interests (OP units).

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