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Charter Communications Inc (CHTR): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Charter Communications ( CHTR) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications rose $1.34 (1.0%) to $133.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 424,485 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 825,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $131.44-$134.19 after having opened the day at $132.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $132.16. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 28.4%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 15.6%, AirMedia Group ( AMCN), up 4.2% and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia ( MSO), up 3.8%.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 73.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 7.1%, RetailMeNot ( SALE), down 6.5%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 4.5% and Pandora Media ( P), down 3.6% , were all laggards within the media industry with Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) being today's media industry laggard.

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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