Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST) received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to US$18.86 at one point, and dropping to the lows of US$14.78. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether Host Hotels & Resorts's current trading price of US$14.78 reflective of the actual value of the large-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Host Hotels & Resorts’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
Is Host Hotels & Resorts still cheap?
Great news for investors – Host Hotels & Resorts is still trading at a fairly cheap price. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is $24.94, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. Although, there may be another chance to buy again in the future. This is because Host Hotels & Resorts’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company's shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.
Can we expect growth from Host Hotels & Resorts?
Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. Though in the case of Host Hotels & Resorts, it is expected to deliver a highly negative earnings growth in the next few years, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? Although HST is currently undervalued, the adverse prospect of negative growth brings about some degree of risk. I recommend you think about whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to HST, or whether diversifying into another stock may be a better move for your total risk and return.
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on HST for a while, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you dig deeper into the stock. Given its current undervaluation, now is a great time to make a decision. But keep in mind the risks that come with negative growth prospects in the future.
Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Host Hotels & Resorts. You can find everything you need to know about Host Hotels & Resorts in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Host Hotels & Resorts, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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