Why Zillow Zoomed Higher

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What: Shares of real estate information specialist Zillow (NAS: Z) have zoomed up by north of 18% after the company reported strong first-quarter earnings.

So what: Revenue more than doubled to $22.8 million, the sixth consecutive quarter of triple-digit growth. The company posted net income of $1.7 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.06 per share a year ago.

Now what: Guidance also looked strong, with second quarter sales expected in the range of $25.5 million-$26.5 million, while the Street would have been happy with just $24.8 million. Average monthly unique users jumped 84% to 31.8 million, and Zillow users now look at homes on mobile devices more than they use its namesake site. Following up the results, Benchmark is reiterating its "buy" rating while boosting its price target to $44.

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