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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Boston Properties rose 91 cents (0.9%) to $104.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 658,668 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 957,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $103.20-$105.38 after having opened the day at $103.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.03. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Bluegreen Corporation ( BXG), up 8.1%, J.W. Mays ( MAYS), up 4.9%, Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), up 4.7%, and Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 4.4%.

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 $15.46 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.3, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 51.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% 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 negative front, Capital ( CT), down 7.4%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 6.5%, FirstCity Financial Corporation ( FCFC), down 4.8%, and Mission West Properties ( MSW), down 4.5%, were all losers within the real estate industry with Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO) being today's real estate industry loser.

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