Stock on Demand This Week: Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST)


Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ:HST) saw an upside of 1.99% to close Monday at $17.96 after adding $0.35 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 6,140,100 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $17.97 in the past week and touched a new high 4 times within the past 5 days. An average of 6,727,360 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 6,412,348.

HST’s 1-month performance is 7.57% or $1.62 on its low of $15.58 reached on 12/30/22. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $14.91 and high of $21.36, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 01/23/23. YTD, HST has achieved 11.90% or $1.91 and has reached a new high 7 times. However, the current price is down -15.91% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

HST stock investors last saw insider trading activity on Jun 07.TYRRELL NATHAN S (Exec. VP, Investments) most recently sold 10,707 shares at $21.00 per share on Jun 07. This transaction cost the insider $224,847. Director, RAKOWICH WALTER C, sold 3,290 shares at a price of $19.61 on May 20.

Valuation Metrics

HST stock has a beta of 1.28. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 2.68 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 1.88, with the price to cash flow ratio at 11.67.

As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending September 29 was 0.62, while the total debt to equity was 0.62. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at -$250.0 million against revenue of $2.89 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending September 29 this year, Net income and sales went down compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 204.39% to $114.0 million, while revenue of $256.0 million was -124.56% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected HST to announce $0.17 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.16, representing a -5.90% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $315.0 million. Shareholders hold equity totaling $715.03 million.

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 23 January was 68.57% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 32.39%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $17.44, reflecting a +5.58% or $0.95 change from its current price. HST is currently trading +13.10% above its 20-day SMA, -0.06% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 by +4.12% and SMA200 by-5.52%.

Stochastic %K and %D was 91.68% and 86.81% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.45. The RSI (14) points at 61.80%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 99.57% with the period’s ATR at 0.47. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.29 and 0.72 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ: HST), Morgan Stanley launched coverage with an Equal-weight rating.

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

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $17.00 and a high of $25.00, with their median price target at $21.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) stock is $20.89.


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