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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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Boston Properties rose $1.17 (1.1%) to $105.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 997,237 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 806,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $104.01-$105.44 after having opened the day at $104.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.23. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Optibase ( OBAS), up 17.6%, Maui Land & Pineapple Company ( MLP), up 6.3%, IFM Investments ( CTC), up 6.2%, and Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 6.2%.
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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 $15.47 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate 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, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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