Zillow Inc (Z): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Zillow ( Z) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Zillow fell $2.98 (-3.0%) to $97.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 729,447 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,064,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $96.14-$101.50 after having opened the day at $101.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.50. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Doral Financial ( DRL), down 10.4%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 5.7%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 5.6% and ZipRealty ( ZIPR), down 5.0%.

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate and home-related information marketplace on mobile and the Web in the United States. Zillow has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 256.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Zillow a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Preferred Apartment Communities ( APTS), up 6.4%, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), up 4.3%, Optibase ( OBAS), up 4.0% and Intergroup Corporation ( INTG), up 3.1%.

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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