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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 down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications rose $5.50 (4.2%) to $136.92 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,315,461 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 943,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $131.31-$140.74 after having opened the day at $131.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.42. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Millennial Media ( MM), up 9.7%, Point.360 ( PTSX), up 8.0%, Radio One ( ROIAK), up 4.7% and Cablevision Systems ( CVC), up 4.0%.

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 $13.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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, Dolan ( DM), down 16.2%, Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 10.1%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 9.9% and Value Line ( VALU), down 9.7% , were all laggards within the media industry with Liberty Global ( LBTYA) 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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