Traders sold shares of Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE:HST) on strength during trading hours on Friday. $32.10 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $79.22 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $47.12 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Host Hotels & Resorts had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Host Hotels & Resorts traded up $0.46 for the day and closed at $17.74

Several analysts recently commented on HST shares. Evercore ISI lowered Host Hotels & Resorts from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. 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. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a research note on Saturday, April 30th. Raymond James Financial Inc. raised Host Hotels & Resorts from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 18th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a research note on Sunday, June 26th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $17.97.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $16.59 and a 200 day moving average of $15.65. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.26 billion and a P/E ratio of 20.87.

Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HST) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 29th. The company reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.49. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.46 EPS. The business earned $1.46 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.47 billion. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. will post $1.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 30th were paid a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 28th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.51%.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in HST. I.G. Investment Management LTD. increased its stake 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 during the period. Eaton Vance Management increased its stake 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 during the period. Stephens Inc. AR increased its stake 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 during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in Host Hotels & Resorts by 40.0% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 178,186 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,734,000 after buying an additional 50,875 shares during the period. Finally, Utah Retirement Systems increased its stake in 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 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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