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DISH Network Corp (DISH): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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DISH Network ( DISH) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, DISH Network fell $0.51 (-1.1%) to $44.71 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,838,969 shares of DISH Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,692,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.69-$45.33 after having opened the day at $45.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.22. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: E.W. Scripps Company ( SSP), down 10.9%, Point.360 ( PTSX), down 6.3%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 5.2% and Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), down 5.0%.

DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, offers direct broadcast satellite subscription television services in the United States. DISH Network has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate DISH Network a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DISH Network as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 32.3%, Spanish Broadcasting System ( SBSA), up 15.6%, Ku6 Media ( KUTV), up 8.4% and Noah Education Holdings ( NED), up 7.9% , were all gainers within the media industry with Pandora Media ( P) being today's featured media industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the media industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Media ( PBS) while those bearish on the media industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services ( SCC).

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