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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Boston Properties rose $1.47 (1.3%) to $112.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 835,784 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 836,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $110.25-$112.72 after having opened the day at $110.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.63. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 6.4%, Maui Land & Pineapple Company ( MLP), up 4.6%, Walter Investment Management ( WAC), up 3.5% and Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 3.3%.

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 $17.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 5.7%, Trade Street Residential ( TSRE), down 5.5%, TCP Capital ( TCPC), down 3.8% and Consolidated-Tomoka Land ( CTO), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Icahn ( IEP) 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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