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

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Zillow ( Z) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Zillow rose $2.34 (2.7%) to $89.85 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,347,908 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,063,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $87.75-$92.76 after having opened the day at $88.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.51. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 8.7%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 4.9%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), up 4.8% and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), 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 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Zillow a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 17.1%, J.W. Mays ( MAYS), down 15.3%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 8.4% and American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Ventas ( VTR) 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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