Host Hotels and Resorts Inc (NYSE:HST) was the target of some unusual options trading on Monday. Investors purchased 10,554 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of 564% compared to the typical volume of 1,589 call options.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. JMP Securities restated a “market perform” rating on shares of Host Hotels and Resorts in a report on Friday, April 7th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Host Hotels and Resorts from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 31st. Goldman Sachs Group Inc upgraded Host Hotels and Resorts from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $16.00 to $17.00 in a report on Monday, April 10th. Boenning Scattergood restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Host Hotels and Resorts in a report on Tuesday, April 18th. Finally, Evercore ISI lowered Host Hotels and Resorts from a “hold” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Friday, March 3rd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Host Hotels and Resorts has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $18.02.

Host Hotels and Resorts (NYSE:HST) traded up 0.11% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $18.11. The stock had a trading volume of 7,417,711 shares. Host Hotels and Resorts has a one year low of $14.43 and a one year high of $20.21. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.40 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.29 and a beta of 1.30. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $18.33 and its 200 day moving average price is $18.08.

Host Hotels and Resorts (NYSE:HST) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, April 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.05. Host Hotels and Resorts had a return on equity of 11.22% and a net margin of 14.72%. The firm had revenue of $1.35 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.31 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.41 EPS. The company’s revenue was up .7% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that Host Hotels and Resorts will post $0.77 EPS for the current year.

In other news, CFO Gregory J. Larson sold 23,000 shares of Host Hotels and Resorts stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.40, for a total transaction of $423,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 157,163 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,891,799.20. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CFO Gregory J. Larson sold 40,678 shares of Host Hotels and Resorts stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.24, for a total value of $741,966.72. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 220,841 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,028,139.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 223,992 shares of company stock valued at $4,101,521. 1.90% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of HST. Cleararc Capital Inc. raised its position in shares of Host Hotels and Resorts by 0.6% in the first quarter. Cleararc Capital Inc. now owns 18,081 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $337,000 after buying an additional 103 shares during the last quarter. Creative Planning raised its position in shares of Host Hotels and Resorts by 1.8% in the first quarter. Creative Planning now owns 7,854 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $147,000 after buying an additional 136 shares during the last quarter. Kemper Corp Master Retirement Trust raised its position in shares of Host Hotels and Resorts by 0.8% in the third quarter. Kemper Corp Master Retirement Trust now owns 32,745 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $510,000 after buying an additional 250 shares during the last quarter. Keybank National Association OH raised its position in shares of Host Hotels and Resorts by 0.4% in the first quarter. Keybank National Association OH now owns 80,171 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,496,000 after buying an additional 297 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co raised its position in shares of Host Hotels and Resorts by 1.7% in the first quarter. Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co now owns 24,370 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $455,000 after buying an additional 400 shares during the last quarter.

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Host Hotels and Resorts Company Profile

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc (Host Inc) operates as a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates through hotel ownership segment. The Company operates through hotel ownership segment. The Company owned properties and conducted operations through Host Hotels & Resorts, L.P.

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