Why Zillow Shares Got Crushed


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What: Shares of Zillow got crushed today by as much as 11% after the company announced earnings results

So what: Revenue in the first quarter hit a new record of $39 million. That top line beat expectations of $37.4 million, and earnings per share were better than expected. Zillow lost $0.11 per share, which was better than the $0.13 per share in red ink that investors were expecting. However, Goldman Sachs downgraded shares from "buy" to "neutral," which likely added pressure to the stock today.

Now what: The increased expenses this past quarter were related in part to acquisitions made at the end of 2012, which required increased investments in marketing and operating costs. Share-based compensation was also up. And on the bright side, Zillow boosted its full-year outlook and now expects revenue in the range of $178 million to $182 million.

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Editor's note: Many analysts expected Zillow to lose $0.13 per share rather than the $0.03 per share mentioned in a previous version. The Fool regrets the error.

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