Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HST) has received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the fifteen analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and nine have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $21.30.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on HST shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Host Hotels & Resorts from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. Boenning Scattergood reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. Barclays reiterated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $21.00 price objective (up from $20.00) on shares of Host Hotels & Resorts in a research note on Monday, February 26th. Deutsche Bank set a $23.00 price objective on Host Hotels & Resorts and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Host Hotels & Resorts from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 9th.

Host Hotels & Resorts opened at $20.21 on Thursday, MarketBeat reports. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 2.01 and a current ratio of 2.01. Host Hotels & Resorts has a 52 week low of $20.08 and a 52 week high of $20.44. The firm has a market cap of $15.48 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.96, a PEG ratio of 2.44 and a beta of 1.25.

Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HST) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.34 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.40 by ($0.06). Host Hotels & Resorts had a return on equity of 9.29% and a net margin of 12.24%. The firm had revenue of $1.35 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.33 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.44 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down .1% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Host Hotels & Resorts will post 1.71 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Host Hotels & Resorts news, Director Walter C. Rakowich sold 2,254 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, May 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.80, for a total value of $46,883.20. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 27,459 shares in the company, valued at $571,147.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Brian G. Macnamara sold 16,101 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.05, for a total value of $322,825.05. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 69,607 shares in the company, valued at $1,395,620.35. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 51,575 shares of company stock worth $1,059,023. 1.40% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of HST. We Are One Seven LLC acquired a new stake in Host Hotels & Resorts in the fourth quarter valued at $112,000. Lee Financial Co purchased a new position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts during the first quarter worth about $120,000. Jacobi Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 104.3% during the first quarter. Jacobi Capital Management LLC now owns 8,911 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $163,000 after purchasing an additional 4,549 shares during the last quarter. Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts during the fourth quarter worth about $188,000. Finally, IFP Advisors Inc grew its holdings in shares of Host Hotels & Resorts by 695.1% during the fourth quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 9,915 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $197,000 after purchasing an additional 8,668 shares during the last quarter.

About Host Hotels & Resorts

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc is an S&P 500 and Fortune 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 87 properties in the United States and six properties internationally totaling approximately 52,000 rooms.

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