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

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Boston Properties ( BXP) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Boston Properties rose $1.34 (1.3%) to $108.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 699,254 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 834,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $107.05-$108.89 after having opened the day at $107.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.36. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), up 25.7%, Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 21.6%, Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (FL ( JAXB), up 12.5%, and IFM Investments ( CTC), up 12.4%.
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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 $16.14 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate 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 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 financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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