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 1.3%. By the end of trading, Zillow rose $2.16 (2.3%) to $95.95 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,640,941 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,278,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $92.76-$98.35 after having opened the day at $93.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.79. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Marcus & Millichap ( MMI), up 8.5%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 4.4%, Optibase ( OBAS), up 4.4% and Alto Palermo ( APSA), up 3.7%.

Zillow, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company owns and operates Zillow.com. Zillow has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 negative front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 11.1%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 5.7%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 4.9% and Amrep Corporation ( AXR), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Simon Property Group ( SPG) 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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