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 up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Zillow fell $4.02 (-4.6%) to $83.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,110,635 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,210,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $82.20-$88.95 after having opened the day at $87.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.62. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Optibase ( OBAS), down 4.9%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 4.6%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 4.5% and Hercules Technology Growth Capital ( HTGC), down 3.5%.

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 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Zillow a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 6.3%, St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), up 5.9%, Wheeler Real Estate Investment ( WHLR), up 5.7% and InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Health Care REIT ( HCN) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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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