Morgan Stanley lifts Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [NASDAQ: HST] loss -0.75% or -0.12 points to close at $15.93 with a heavy trading volume of 7739095 shares. The company report on December 22, 2022 that Host Hotels & Resorts Named a Global Sustainability Leader on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the Fourth Consecutive Year.

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The DJSI World is comprised of corporate leaders in global sustainability across all industries and represents the top 10% of the largest 2,500 companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index based on long-term economic and environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. The Company was one of only five U.S. real estate companies to make this prestigious list.

It opened the trading session at $16.15, the shares rose to $16.275 and dropped to $15.84, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for HST points out that the company has recorded 1.98% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -6.84% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 7.19M shares, HST reached to a volume of 7739095 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 $21.32 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 2.20. 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.

Morgan Stanley have made an estimate for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Equal-Weight, with their previous recommendation back on December 05, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Oppenheimer raised their target price to Perform. The new note on the price target was released on September 15, 2022, representing the official price target for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $20 to $21, while Wells Fargo kept a Overweight rating on HST stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. is set at 0.48, with the Price to Sales ratio for HST stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.42. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.67, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 1.52. Price to Free Cash Flow for HST in the course of the last twelve months was 10.52.

Trading performance analysis for HST stock

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -1.26. With this latest performance, HST shares dropped by -13.68% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 1.98% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -7.22% 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 38.63, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 33.35, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 39.02 for Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [HST]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 17.64, while it was recorded at 15.96 for the last single week of trading, and 18.03 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 -5.74 and a Gross Margin at -2.32. Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -0.38.

Return on Equity for this stock declined to -0.17, with Return on Assets sitting at -0.09.

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

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 $11,194 million, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of HST stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 118,635,189, which is approximately 2.579% of the company’s market cap and around 1.15% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 72,613,291 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.16 billion in HST stocks shares; and COHEN & STEERS, INC., currently with $784.93 million in HST stock with ownership of nearly -5.989% of the company’s market capitalization.

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 279 institutional holders increased their position in Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. [NASDAQ:HST] by around 69,712,350 shares. Additionally, 252 investors decreased positions by around 71,077,426 shares, while 68 investors held positions by with 561,892,504 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 702,682,280 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. HST stock had 81 new institutional investments in for a total of 12,863,253 shares, while 67 institutional investors sold positions of 7,649,260 shares during the same period.


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