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 up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Zillow rose $3.57 (4.1%) to $90.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,058,952 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,627,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $84.64-$90.93 after having opened the day at $86.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.99. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 5.1%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 5.0%, Aviv REIT ( AVIV), up 3.5% and First Potomac Realty ( FPO), up 2.9%.

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 $2.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 8.0%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 5.6%, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 4.8% and Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 4.6% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) 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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