Investors sold shares of Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE:HST) on strength during trading hours on Friday. $36.79 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $54.33 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $17.54 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Host Hotels & Resorts had the 22nd highest net out-flow for the day. Host Hotels & Resorts traded up $0.40 for the day and closed at $17.91

HST has been the subject of several recent research reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of Host Hotels & Resorts from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and reduced their target price for the stock from $16.00 to $15.00 in a report on Wednesday, July 13th. Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a report on Tuesday, March 29th. They set a “buy” rating and a $19.00 target price for the company. TheStreet raised shares of Host Hotels & Resorts from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 31st. Raymond James Financial Inc. raised shares of Host Hotels & Resorts from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 18th. Finally, Evercore ISI cut shares of Host Hotels & Resorts from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $17.97.

The company has a market cap of $13.38 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.07. The stock’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 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.03. The company earned $1.34 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.35 billion. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.35 EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. will post $1.68 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced 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 of this dividend was Tuesday, June 28th.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors recently modified their holdings of HST. TD Asset Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 339,412 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,207,000 after buying an additional 4,000 shares during the last quarter. Utah Retirement Systems boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Utah Retirement Systems now owns 183,234 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,810,000 after buying an additional 4,700 shares during the last quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 2.7% in the fourth quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd now owns 217,722 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,340,000 after buying an additional 5,640 shares during the last quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 3.9% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 200,603 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,077,000 after buying an additional 7,526 shares during the last quarter. Finally, New York State Common Retirement Fund boosted 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 last quarter.

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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