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 down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Zillow fell $2.70 (-2.6%) to $102.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,608,003 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,753,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $101.30-$105.00 after having opened the day at $103.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.84. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure ( HASI), down 5.7%, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 5.1%, Leju Holdings Ltd ADR ( LEJU), down 4.8% and InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 4.7%.

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 $3.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 28.3% 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 positive front, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 6.2%, Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP), up 4.0%, Doral Financial ( DRL), up 3.4% and Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), up 3.1% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Northstar Realty Finance ( NRF) 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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