Why You Need Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) On Your Watchlist

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ:HST) saw a downside of -0.06% to close Friday at $16.46 after subtracting -$0.01 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 7,608,140 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $17.05 in the past week. An average of 7,663,010 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 7,842,792.

HST’s 1-month performance is 2.30% or $0.33 on its low of $15.75 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $10.27 and high of $18.52, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 05/03/21. YTD, HST has achieved 12.51% or $1.83. However, the current price is down -11.12%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On May 21, 143 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST). RAKOWICH WALTER C (Director) most recently sold 3,300 shares at $16.83 per share on May 21. This transaction cost the insider $55,541. EVP, Human Resources, HAMILTON JOANNE G., sold 3,091 shares at a price of $14.84 on Nov 24. Then, on Nov 11, SVP, Controller MACNAMARA BRIAN G sold 17,527 shares at a price of $12.86 per share. This transaction amounted to $225,323.

Valuation Metrics

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 21.25 for the broader industry and 37.36 for the sector. The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 104.18 and a low of 7.389. HST stock has a beta of 1.38. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 7.77 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 1.87.

As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.89, while the total debt to equity was 0.89 while for the period ending June 29; Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.’s operating margin was -56.70%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at -$953.0 million against revenue of $1.62 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 84.13% to $649.0 million, while revenue of $399.0 million was 38.52% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected HST to announce -$0.23 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted -$0.09, representing a 60.90% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $104.0 million. HST stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that, with total debt at $6.15 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $713.97 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 08 October was 47.53% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 20.55%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $16.51, reflecting a -1.85% or -$0.31 change from its current price. HST is currently trading +2.94% above its 20-day SMA, -5.13% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +1.11% and +20.85% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 38.71% and 41.50% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.46. The RSI (14) points at 49.88%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 40.00% with the period’s ATR at 0.47. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.15 and -0.20 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ: HST), Argus upgraded it to a Buy rating. They previously had a Hold rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for HST stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 3 brokerage advisors rate HST as a “sell,”, while 8 advise that investors “Hold.” 2 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 1 rates the stock as overweight while 8 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is HST’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $15.00 and a high of $21.00, with their median price target at $18.50. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) stock is $18.39.


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