Zillow Inc (Z): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Zillow ( Z) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Zillow rose $1.42 (1.6%) to $87.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 904,538 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,132,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $84.50-$88.61 after having opened the day at $85.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.54. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Monster Offers ( MONT), up 18.4%, Deltathree ( DDDC), up 18.2%, Bitauto Holdings ( BITA), up 5.5% and Zynga ( ZNGA), up 4.7%.

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 $2.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 222.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 negative front, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 93.3%, Net Element International ( NETE), down 15.7%, Tremor Video ( TRMR), down 9.1% and Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the internet industry with LinkedIn ( LNKD) being today's internet industry laggard.

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