Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST) Insider Selling Portends a Decline in Stock

The insider sell/buy ratio of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST) is recorded at 2, pointing to bearish feelings about the stock among corporate executives and directors. HST recorded 2 sales on the open market in the last three months. They sold nearly 1,874,369 shares while purchases amounted to zero shares that period. Looking even further back to 12 months, corporate insiders offloaded 2,129,220 shares when buyers snapped up 485,217 shares. The 12-month’s totals signify about a 4.39-to-1 sell/buy ratio.

Tyrrell Nathan S parted with a total of 5.48 thousand shares of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST) at average share price of $21.59. This insider trade in the company took place on 05/25/2018. The total for the sales was set at $118.31 thousand. After this transaction, the Exec. VP, Investments account balance stood at 98.23 thousand shares. The stock lost -17.83 percent since that insider sale. On 05/18/2018, Rakowich Walter C, Director, sold 2.76 thousand shares at a price per share of $20.4. This removed 56.24 thousand shares from the insider’s fortune and the stock saw a -13.04 percent retreat in value since the news became public. This transaction left 0.85 thousand shares in the Director account.

On 05/16/2018, EVP, Human Resources Hamilton Joanne G. performed a sale transaction worth $71.23 thousand. This sale at $20.35 each has eliminated 3.5 thousand shares from the insider’s portfolio position. Meanwhile, shares have recorded -12.83 percent decrease since the transaction was reported. The insider now is left with 61.56 thousand shares remaining in the account. Rakowich Walter C, who performs the Director job, sold 2.25 thousand shares for $46.88 thousand. The disposal occurred on 05/14/2018 was priced at $20.8 per share. The share price plunged -14.71 percent since the reporting date. Rakowich Walter C now left with a stake of 27.46 thousand HST stock worth $487.12 thousand after the insider selling.

The 12-month median price target for Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST) assigned by the analysts stands at $21.5, which represents a return potential of 21.2 percent when compared to the closing price of the stock of $17.74 on Friday, January 11. The lowest price target for the stock is $16 — slightly more than -9.81 percent from HST’s current share price. The stock will probably climb 19.45 percent over the next 12 months, according to price target estimates compiled by finviz. Meanwhile, they have set a $24-month high price target. This represents a whopping 35.29 percent increase from where shares are trading today.

On momentum oscillators front, ‘RSI’ has touched 55.6 on daily chart, which may remain a cause for concern. If the price breaks below $17.4 level on closing basis, then we may see more profit booking and the stock may show further weakness. On the flipside, hitting the $17.83 mark may result into a pull-back move towards $17.92 level. The stock is currently hovering around the first support level of $17.57. Below this, the next support is placed in the zone of $17.4. Till the time, the HST stock trades above this level, bulls have nothing to fear.

Shares of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST) are trading at a P/E ratio of 16.07 times earnings reported for the past 12 months. The industry HST operates in has an average P/E of 47.22. Its P/E ratio went as low as 18.39X and as high as 71.61 over the 5-year span. Further, it is sporting a 2.38 on the Price-to-Sales ratio. Compare this with the industry average P/S of 8.19. 0 percent is the gross profit margin for Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and operating margin sits at 8.6 percent. Along with this, the net profit margin is 15.9 percent.

On 11th of January, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST) shares ended higher after a volatile session. The shares accumulated 0.06 points or 0.34 percent at $17.74 with a heavy trade volume of 6.613 million shares. After opening the session at $17.64, the shares went as high as $17.75 and as low as $17.49, the range within which the stock’s price traded throughout the day. The firm is left with a market cap of $13.1 billion and now has 739.55 million shares outstanding. Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST) stock has lost -0.99 percent of market value in 21 trading days.

HST stock has a trailing 3-year beta of 1.27, offering the possibility of a higher rate of return, but also posing more risk. The portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock was $1.19 a share in the trailing twelve months. The stock’s value has surged 6.42 percent year to date (YTD) against a decline of -13.84 percent in 12 month’s time. The company’s shares still trade -20.82 percent away from its 1-year high of $22.40 and 11.62 percent up from 52-week low of $15.89. The average consensus rating on the company is 2.7, on a scale where 5 equates to a unanimous sell rating. In short, the mean analyst recommendations are calling this stock a sell.