Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT) from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a research report released on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “Hospitality Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust. The company owns and leases hotels to unaffiliated hotel operators. The company’s principal strategy is to expand its investments in hotels and to set minimum rents which produce income in excess of the company’s cost of raising capital. The company seeks to provide capital to unaffiliated hotel operators who wish to divest their properties while remaining in the hotel business as tenants and in doing so, ensure stability of cash flow through dependable and diversified revenue sources. “

Several other analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Canaccord Genuity reissued a hold rating and issued a $33.00 price target on shares of Hospitality Properties Trust in a report on Tuesday, August 16th. FBR & Co downgraded Hospitality Properties Trust from an outperform rating to a market perform rating and raised their price target for the stock from $31.00 to $32.00 in a report on Wednesday, August 10th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Hospitality Properties Trust presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $29.50.

Analyst Recommendations for Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT)

Shares of Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT) opened at 28.51 on Tuesday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $29.55 and a 200-day moving average price of $28.38. The stock has a market cap of $4.32 billion, a PE ratio of 33.42 and a beta of 1.11. Hospitality Properties Trust has a 52 week low of $20.69 and a 52 week high of $32.32.

Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.05 by $0.04. The company earned $550.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $544 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.99 EPS. On average, analysts forecast that Hospitality Properties Trust will post $3.60 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.51 per share. This represents a $2.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.16%. Hospitality Properties Trust’s payout ratio is currently 196.16%.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in HPT. RS Investment Management Co. LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Hospitality Properties Trust during the second quarter valued at $131,000. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. increased its stake in shares of Hospitality Properties Trust by 0.3% in the second quarter. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. now owns 5,240 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $151,000 after buying an additional 15 shares during the last quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc increased its stake in shares of Hospitality Properties Trust by 2.1% in the second quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 5,481 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $157,000 after buying an additional 113 shares during the last quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Hospitality Properties Trust by 1.9% in the second quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. now owns 5,500 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $158,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning increased its stake in shares of Hospitality Properties Trust by 12.3% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 6,400 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $184,000 after buying an additional 700 shares during the last quarter.

Hospitality Properties Trust Company Profile

Hospitality Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust. The Company owns approximately 300 hotels with over 45,860 rooms or suites, and approximately 190 travel centers. The Company’s segments include hotel investments, travel center investments and corporate. The Company’s properties are located in approximately 50 states in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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