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Dissecting the Insider Trading Patterns of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST)

Recent insider trends for Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST) have caught the attention of investors. Insider data is useful because it can reveal what a company’s executives and largest shareholders feel about a stock. In this case, the data has some interesting things to say about how HST might perform in the future.

Institutions own 106.38% of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $14,328. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 250 holders increased their positions by a total of 44.28 million shares, 220 holders decreased the positions by a total of 49.67 million shares, and 67 holders held their positions. This works out to a net decrease in ownership of 5.39 million shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bearish about the stock.

Among new and sold out positions, 61 holders initiated new positions by a total of 7.84 million shares and 32 holders exited their positions by a total of 4.48 million shares. This nets out to an increase of 3.36 million shares and is a bullish sign for HST.

In the last three months, insiders executed a total of 8 trades. 8 of these were buys. Insider ownership increased by a total of 3571 shares, which suggests that HST’s key executives are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a different story: insiders executed 56 buys and 27 sells, and ownership decreased by a net of 1.72 million shares.



Short interest is another tool that analysts use to gauge investor sentiment. It represents the number of a stock’s shares that are being shorted by investors. Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST)’s short interest is 64.01 million shares, or 8.77% of the float. This represents a decrease of -5% in the number of shares being shorted compared to the previous reading, and implies that investors felt less pessimistic about the stock during the past two weeks.

Supplementing insider data with technical indicators can help an investor form a more complete view on the outlook for a stock. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that HST is a Weak buy, which implies that HST is expected to outperform the market based on prior trading patterns.

Conclusion




Institutional ownership trends suggest that the stock is cheap and the insider trading data indicates that insiders are bullish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST) is undervalued.

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