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

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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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Boston Properties rose $1.24 (1.1%) to $111.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 653,779 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,131,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $109.88-$111.62 after having opened the day at $110.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.11. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 21.9%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 13.8%, Amrep Corporation ( AXR), up 12.0% and Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), up 7.3%.

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 $16.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 7.4%, Maui Land & Pineapple Company ( MLP), down 5.5%, Trade Street Residential ( TSRE), down 4.3% and Optibase ( OBAS), down 2.2%.

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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