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Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [NASDAQ: HST] gained 4.77% or 0.71 points to close at $15.61 with a heavy trading volume of 12702001 shares. The company report on February 10, 2021 that Host Hotels & Resorts Successfully Extends Credit Facility Waiver Period and Increases Financial Flexibility and Optionality.

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: HST), the nation’s largest lodging real estate investment trust, announced that it completed a second amendment to the credit agreement governing its $1.5 billion revolving credit facility and two $500 million term loans.


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Sourav Ghosh, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, said, “We obtained new industry-leading amendment terms that provide continued covenant relief while significantly enhancing our flexibility to capitalize on investment opportunities that can create long-term value for our stakeholders. We greatly appreciate the strong, longstanding partnership demonstrated by our banks and their continued recognition of the Company’s superior balance sheet and liquidity position as well as its disciplined capital allocation track record – attributes that we believe will positively differentiate Host through the lodging recovery.”.

It opened the trading session at $14.95, the shares rose to $15.67 and dropped to $14.95, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for HST points out that the company has recorded 38.76% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -98.6% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 8.48M shares, HST reached to a volume of 12702001 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for HST shares is $15.50 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on HST stock is a recommendation set at 2.80. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Raymond James have made an estimate for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Mkt Perform, with their previous recommendation back on January 12, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Citigroup raised their target price from $11.50 to $17.50. The new note on the price target was released on December 15, 2020, representing the official price target for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $15, while Wells Fargo analysts kept a Underweight rating on HST stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. is set at 0.54, with the Price to Sales ratio for HST stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 4.02. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.72, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 3.72.

Trading performance analysis for HST stock

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 9.16. With this latest performance, HST shares gained by 4.00% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 38.76% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -7.69% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for HST stock in for the last two-week period is set at 65.25, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 72.30, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 61.41 for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 14.43, while it was recorded at 14.61 for the last single week of trading, and 12.29 for the last 200 days.

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST] shares currently have an operating margin of +10.46 and a Gross Margin at +16.47. Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +16.82.

Return on Total Capital for HST is now 4.89, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 8.17. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 12.42, with Return on Assets sitting at 7.54. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 60.12. Additionally, HST Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 37.55, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 35.76. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 59.79, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 37.34.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST] managed to generate an average of $5,257,143 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 81.63 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.45.

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. posted 0.11/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.12/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company fail the estimates by a Surprise Factor of -8.30%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for HST. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. go to 28.40%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST]

There are presently around $10,719 million, or 99.00% of HST stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of HST stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 110,556,256, which is approximately -0.007% of the company’s market cap and around 0.30% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 76,578,597 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.2 billion in HST stocks shares; and COHEN & STEERS, INC., currently with $691.05 million in HST stock with ownership of nearly 65.662% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of February and at the time of the February reporting period, where 221 institutional holders increased their position in Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [NASDAQ:HST] by around 78,697,609 shares. Additionally, 255 investors decreased positions by around 64,291,349 shares, while 78 investors held positions by with 543,715,022 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 686,703,980 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. HST stock had 76 new institutional investments in for a total of 30,521,622 shares, while 57 institutional investors sold positions of 23,084,895 shares during the same period.

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