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Boston Properties Inc (BXP): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

Boston Properties ( BXP) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Boston Properties rose 55 cents (0.5%) to $110.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 486,042 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 866,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $110.22-$111.31 after having opened the day at $110.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.42. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), up 6.7%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 4.7%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 4.5%, and Rait Financial ( RAS), up 4.3%.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 58.3, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 55.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, SYSWIN ( SYSW), down 13.3%, HFF ( HF), down 11.3%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 6.5%, and Doral Financial ( DRL), down 6.2%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with UDR ( UDR) being today's real estate industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

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