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For those reasons, we believe a rating alone cannot tell the whole story, and that it should be part of an investor's overall research.The following ratings changes were generated on July 11. Corus Entertainment (CJR) recently was upgraded to buy from hold. This upgrade is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. Corus operates as a media and entertainment company in Canada. CJR has improved earnings per share by 32.4% in the most recent quarter compared with the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, Corus Entertainment increased its bottom line by earning $1.24 versus 41 cents in the prior year. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500 but is less than that of the Media industry average. The net income increased by 27.3% when compared with the same quarter one year prior, rising from $29.59 million to $37.67 million.