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Interpublic Group Of Cos Inc (IPG): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Interpublic Group of Cos ( IPG) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Interpublic Group of Cos fell $0.23 (-1.3%) to $17.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,049,195 shares of Interpublic Group of Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,049,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.22-$17.55 after having opened the day at $17.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.51. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 14.9%, Emmis Communications ( EMMS), down 12.8%, Spanish Broadcasting System ( SBSA), down 8.0% and YuMe ( YUME), down 6.5%.

The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides advertising and marketing services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Integrated Agency Networks and Constituency Management Group. Interpublic Group of Cos has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 53.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Interpublic Group of Cos a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Interpublic Group of Cos as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), up 8.7%, Educational Development Corporation ( EDUC), up 8.4%, Entercom Communications Corporation ( ETM), up 4.8% and ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 3.8%.

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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