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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 $1.15 (1.1%) to $104.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 900,032 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 858,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $102.68-$104.06 after having opened the day at $102.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.89. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 35.5%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 18%, HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), up 13.5%, and Stratus Properties ( STRS), up 9.1%.
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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 $15.74 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 61.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine 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 good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 9.1%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 4.8%, MPG Office ( MPG), down 4.3%, and IRSA Inversiones y Representaciones ( IRS), down 3.2%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) 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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