News coverage about Host Hotels and Resorts (NYSE:HST) has trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Host Hotels and Resorts earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.835953252333 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Host Hotels and Resorts (NYSE HST) traded up $0.12 on Wednesday, reaching $19.64. 12,645,544 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 6,851,851. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,450.00, a PE ratio of 24.25, a PEG ratio of 2.36 and a beta of 1.25. The company has a current ratio of 3.62, a quick ratio of 3.62 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56. Host Hotels and Resorts has a twelve month low of $17.26 and a twelve month high of $21.53.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th were paid a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.07%. Host Hotels and Resorts’s dividend payout ratio is presently 98.77%.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Deutsche Bank set a $23.00 price target on shares of Host Hotels and Resorts and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Raymond James Financial upgraded shares of Host Hotels and Resorts from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, January 8th. BTIG Research upgraded shares of Host Hotels and Resorts from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, December 4th. Robert W. Baird set a $21.00 price objective on shares of Host Hotels and Resorts and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Wolfe Research began coverage on shares of Host Hotels and Resorts in a report on Wednesday, November 29th. They issued a “market perform” rating on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Host Hotels and Resorts currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $20.63.

In other news, EVP Elizabeth A. Abdoo sold 60,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.45, for a total value of $1,227,000.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 168,905 shares in the company, valued at $3,454,107.25. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Corporate insiders own 1.70% of the company’s stock.

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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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