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

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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 up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Boston Properties rose $1.08 (1.0%) to $107.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 704,812 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 875,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $106.41-$107.81 after having opened the day at $106.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.21. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 49.1%, Trade Street Residential ( TSRE), up 12.3%, Starwood Property ( STWD), up 4.6% and Icahn ( IEP), up 4.2%.

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 $16.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 21.6%, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), down 6.1%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 5.0% and Rouse Properties ( RSE), down 4.6% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Digital Realty ( DLR) 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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