Host Hotels and Resorts (NYSE:HST) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Tuesday, ValuEngine reports.

A number of other brokerages have also recently issued reports on HST. BMO Capital Markets began coverage on Host Hotels and Resorts in a report on Wednesday, October 16th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $19.00 target price on the stock. BTIG Research cut Host Hotels and Resorts from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, August 15th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. decreased their target price on Host Hotels and Resorts from $17.00 to $15.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, September 6th. Barclays set a $21.00 target price on Host Hotels and Resorts and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 12th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus set a $20.00 target price on Host Hotels and Resorts and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 7th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $19.65.

Shares of NYSE HST opened at $17.50 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 7.70, a current ratio of 7.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59. The stock has a market capitalization of $12.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.89, a PEG ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 1.13. The stock’s fifty day simple moving average is $16.93 and its 200 day simple moving average is $17.36. Host Hotels and Resorts has a 52-week low of $15.51 and a 52-week high of $20.34.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of HST. FDx Advisors Inc. boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels and Resorts by 7.7% in the second quarter. FDx Advisors Inc. now owns 17,169 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $313,000 after buying an additional 1,225 shares during the period. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels and Resorts by 30.7% in the second quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 23,455 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $427,000 after buying an additional 5,507 shares during the period. First Quadrant L P CA boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels and Resorts by 828.6% in the second quarter. First Quadrant L P CA now owns 2,563 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $47,000 after buying an additional 2,287 shares during the period. Hartford Investment Management Co. boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels and Resorts by 1.6% in the second quarter. Hartford Investment Management Co. now owns 165,537 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $3,016,000 after buying an additional 2,566 shares during the period. Finally, Strs Ohio boosted its position in shares of Host Hotels and Resorts by 27.5% in the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 2,826,207 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $51,493,000 after buying an additional 609,045 shares during the period. 97.92% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Host Hotels and Resorts Company Profile

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc is an S&P 500 company and is the largest lodging real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners of luxury and upper-upscale hotels. The Company currently owns 88 properties in the United States and five properties internationally totaling approximately 52,000 rooms.

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