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Thomson, DreamWorks: Best Media Stocks

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- TheStreet's equity model, which ranks stocks based on fundamentals and performance, considers the following five media companies the best in the industry.

5. Thomson-Reuters (TRI - Get Report) sells data.

The numbers: Fourth-quarter profit plummeted 73% to $177 million, or 21 cents a share, as revenue declined 1.6% to $3.4 billion. The operating margin narrowed from 24% to 15%. Thomson holds $1.1 billion of cash and $7.6 billion of debt.

The stock: Thomson-Reuters has advanced 52% over the past year, trailing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-book ratio of 1.5, a discount to media peers. The shares offer a 3.2% dividend yield with an excessive payout ratio of 113%.
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