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

Boston Properties ( BXP) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Boston Properties fell $1.04 (-1%) to $100.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 989,293 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 973,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $99.33-$101.56 after having opened the day at $101.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.31. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 5.8%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 5.7%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 5.7%, and American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 4.8%.

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 $15.42 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.2, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 51.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine 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, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, NTS Realty Holdings ( NLP), up 5%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 3.7%, Cedar Realty ( CDR), up 3.2%, and Excel ( EXL), up 3.1%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) being today's featured real estate industry winner.

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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