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10 Multimedia Stocks With Double the S&P 500's Gains

5. Madison Square Garden (MSG)

Company profile: Madison Square Garden, with a market value of $3 billion, is an integrated sports, entertainment, and media conglomerate that is expanding its distribution. It also operates several sports franchises, including the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 45% this year, including 16% in the past three months and have a one-year return of 74%. Analysts give its shares three "buy" ratings, two "buy/holds," and four "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

4. Scripps Network Interactive (SNI)

Company profile: Scripps, with a market value of $9 billion, owns two networks, the Food Network and HGTV, which reach almost 100 million pay-TV subscribers, and it recently acquired a 65% controlling interest in Travel Channel, which reaches 95 million households. It also owns the Do It Yourself, Fine Living and Great American cable networks, which reach about 57 million households.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 48% this year, including 11% in the past three months, and have a three-year, average annual return of 21%. Analysts give its shares five "buy" ratings, five "buy/holds," 14 "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts' consensus estimate is for earnings of $3.36 per share this rising and rising by 13% to $3.79 per share next year.

3. Time Warner Cable (TWC)

Company profile: Time Warner Cable, with a market value of $28 billion, owns cable networks that pass through roughly 29 million homes, serving more than 12 million television subscribers, 10.5 million high-speed Internet access customers, and 5 million phone subscribers.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 48% this year, including 19% in the past three months, and have a three-year, average annual return of 33%. The shares have a 2.34% dividend yield. Analysts give its shares 13 "buy" ratings, nine "buy/holds," eight "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

S&P analysts say there was "continued momentum evident in 2012's first-half results" and in early August the company "affirmed its optimistic financial outlook, with the substantially integrated Insight acquisition likely to generate potentially significant economies of scale for the core residential business." Analysts' consensus estimate is for earnings of $5.70 per share this year and growth of 21% to $6.91 per share next year.

2. Comcast (CMCSK)

Company profile: Comcast, with a market value of $91 billion, is the largest operator in the cable industry as its networks reach 53 million households, offering video, Internet access and phone services. It also combined its cable networks with NBC Universal to create a new 51%-owned venture in 2011.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 48% this year, including 15% in the past three months, and have a three-year, average annual return of 29%. Its shares have a 1.89% dividend yield. Analysts give its shares two "buy" ratings, three "buy/holds," and one "hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

Morningstar analysts say that "no other company can match Comcast's ability to offer multiple services over one connection within the territories it serves. In addition to greater customer loyalty, delivering multiple services leads to higher cash flow per subscriber."

1. Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF)

Company profile: Lionsgate, with a market value of $2 billion, is one of the world's leading entertainment content providers, with ownership interests primarily in independent film and television studios, as well as cable networks, TV syndication and film/theatrical distribution.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 89% this year, including 11% in the past three months, and have a three-year, average annual return of 34%. Analysts give its shares four "buy" ratings, and seven "buy/holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

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