How Should Investors View Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) Insider Trading?


As of Wednesday close, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.’s (NASDAQ:HST) stock was down -$0.26, moving down -1.40 percent to $18.27. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 3,669,200 shares. 4 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a -$0.01 fall in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 6,649,485, while in the previous 50 days, it was 7,944,618.

Since last month, HST stock rose 1.50%. Shares of the company fell to $16.68 on 11/03/22, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $21.63 was reached on 05/05/22 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $15.10. Since the beginning of this year, HST’s stock price has risen by 5.06% or $0.88, and marked a new high 15 times. However, the stock has declined by -15.53% since its 52-week high.

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HST stock investors should be aware that Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) stock had its last reported insider trading activity 171 days ago on Jun 07. TYRRELL NATHAN S, the Exec. VP, Investments of the company, disposed of 10,707 shares for $21.00 on Jun 07. It resulted in a $224,847 divestment by the insider. RAKOWICH WALTER C sold 3,290 shares at an average price of $19.61 on May 20. The insider now owns 53,083 shares following the transaction. On Dec 22, President and CEO RISOLEO JAMES F sold 7,110 shares at $17.15 apiece. The transaction was valued at $121,936.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) has a P/E ratio of about 16.24. The stock’s beta is 1.26. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 2.74, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 1.92, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 11.94 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $0.12 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $0.12. On Wednesday August 3 2022, a $0.06 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.62, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 0.62. In the year ended June 29, operating margins totaled 14.10%. Based on annual data, HST earned -$250.0 million in gross profit and brought in $2.89 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was -1.60%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 12.10%.

In Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.’s quarter-end financial report for June 29, it reported total debt of $993.0 million. According to the earnings report, the company had a lower net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. HST’s revenue rose 29.02% to $1.38 billion during the quarter, while net income inched up to $1.19 billion. While analysts expected Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. to report $0.25 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $0.36 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 44.00%. During the quarter, the company generated $315.0 million in EBITDA. The value of shareholders’ equity is $715.03 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.’s (HST) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 33.09%, the RSI 9-day stood at 53.72% on 23 November.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. price is down by -0.05% percent or -$0.01. At present, HST shares trade +0.94% above its 20-day simple moving average and +15.49% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately -0.27% below its SMA50 and +0.55% above its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 79.18% and Stochastic coefficient D was 72.48%, while ATR was 0.57. Given the Stochastic reading of 76.18% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 53.91%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at 0.03, while the 14-day reading stands at 0.38.

Analyst Ratings

Oppenheimer launched its rating on Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ: HST) to a Perform in a note to investors on September 15, 2022. Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) has been rated Overweight by analysts. According to 1 brokerage firm, HST is a sell, and 4 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 1 analyst who say the stock is underweight. A total of 4 analysts rate Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. stock as buy, with 10 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $22.00, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $16.00 – $25.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) will achieve an average price target of $21.44.


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