Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE:HST) shares hit a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $18.37 and last traded at $18.37, with a volume of 4,994,190 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $18.20.

HST has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a research report on Saturday, April 30th. Raymond James Financial Inc. raised shares of Host Hotels & Resorts from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 18th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a research report on Sunday, June 26th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Host Hotels & Resorts from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $16.00 to $15.00 in a research report on Wednesday, July 13th. Finally, Evercore ISI downgraded shares of Host Hotels & Resorts from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $17.86.

The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $17.49 and its 200 day moving average price is $16.18. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.64 billion and a P/E ratio of 17.70.

Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HST) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 29th. The company reported $0.49 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.49. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.46 earnings per share. The firm had revenue of $1.46 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.47 billion. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. will post $1.66 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Host Hotels & Resorts news, CFO Gregory J. Larson sold 40,000 shares of Host Hotels & Resorts stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.22, for a total transaction of $728,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 124,929 shares in the company, valued at $2,276,206.38. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Brian G. Macnamara sold 5,000 shares of Host Hotels & Resorts stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.21, for a total value of $91,050.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 54,172 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $986,472.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in the stock. BlackRock Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 39.3% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 1,486,167 shares of the company’s stock worth $22,797,000 after buying an additional 419,033 shares during the last quarter. KBC Group NV boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 88.3% in the fourth quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 504,555 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,739,000 after buying an additional 236,550 shares during the last quarter. American International Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 4.7% in the fourth quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 347,037 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,323,000 after buying an additional 15,674 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 worth $2,810,000 after buying an additional 4,700 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 40.0% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 178,186 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,734,000 after buying an additional 50,875 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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