Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE:HST) saw an uptick in trading volume on Friday . 17,487,784 shares were traded during mid-day 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.

A number of brokerages recently commented on HST. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a research report on Sunday, June 26th. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a research report on Saturday, April 30th. Evercore ISI cut shares of Host Hotels & Resorts from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. 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, TheStreet raised shares of Host Hotels & Resorts from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 31st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $17.97.

The stock has a market capitalization of $13.38 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.07. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $16.32 and a 200 day moving average of $15.56.

Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HST) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, April 29th. The company reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.03. The company earned $1.34 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.35 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.35 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.8% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. will post $1.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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

Other hedge funds and institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of the company. Everett Harris & Co. CA bought a new position in Host Hotels & Resorts during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,160,000. I.G. Investment Management LTD. increased its position in Host Hotels & Resorts by 63.9% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 75,929 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,165,000 after buying an additional 29,615 shares in the last quarter. South Dakota Investment Council increased its position in Host Hotels & Resorts by 26.2% in the fourth quarter. South Dakota Investment Council now owns 110,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,701,000 after buying an additional 23,000 shares in the last quarter. Eaton Vance Management increased its position in Host Hotels & Resorts by 13.7% in the fourth quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 140,811 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,160,000 after buying an additional 17,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Stephens Inc. AR increased its position in Host Hotels & Resorts by 13.4% in the fourth quarter. Stephens Inc. AR now owns 176,706 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,711,000 after buying an additional 20,915 shares in 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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