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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Zillow, Apple, Keyw Holdings, Smart Technologies and Amazon

CHICAGO, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include the Zillow Inc. (Nasdaq:Z-Free Report), Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL-Free Report), Keyw Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq:KEYW-Free Report), Smart Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT-Free Report) and Amazon Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN-Free Report)

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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

Zillow Upgraded to Strong Buy

On Jan 7, 2014, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Zillow Inc. (Nasdaq:Z-Free Report) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). With a strong return of 181.7% over the past one year and a positive estimate revision over the last 60 days, Zilliow is an attractive investment opportunity.

Why the Upgrade?

Upbeat third quarter revenues and strength in the company's mortgages marketplace segment contributed to the upgrade. Zilliow's Average monthly unique users improved 69.0% year over year to 61.1 million, while total Traffic reached a record 63.7 million in the month of August.

Mobile traffic doubled year over year in the last quarter as approximately 60.0% user visits to Zillow's website were through mobile.

New product launches, which include the newly designed Zillow Real Estate App for Apple's (Nasdaq:AAPL-Free Report) iPhone and iPad, are positives. Recently, the company launched the Zillow Digs app for iPhone.

Moreover, Zillow projected a strong guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013. For the fourth quarter, Zillow expects revenue to be in the range of $55.0 million to $56.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. Total expenses are expected to be in the range of $25.5 million to $26.0 million.  Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $8.5 million to $9.0 million.

For full year 2013, revenues are expected to be in the range of $194.0 million to $195.0 million (up from $186.0 million to $188.0 million), while EBITDA is pegged at $23.0 million (up $3.0 million from earlier guidance).

The long-term expected earnings growth rate for Zillow is expected to be 30.0%.

Other Stocks to Consider:

Investors can also consider other stocks that are doing well right now. These include The Keyw Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq:KEYW-Free Report), Smart Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT-Free Report) and Amazon Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN-Free Report), all carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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