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Time Warner Inc (TWX): Today's Featured Media Winner

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Time Warner (TWX) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Time Warner rose $1.19 (1.9%) to $64.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,608,225 shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,978,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.45-$65.09 after having opened the day at $63.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.65. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: ChinaNet Online Holdings (CNET), up 14.0%, Entercom Communications Corporation (ETM), up 7.9%, Hemisphere Media Group (HMTV), up 6.2% and McClatchy Company (MNI), up 5.6%.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. The Networks segment consists of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Home Box Office, Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $57.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, YOU On Demand Holdings (YOD), down 9.8%, Media General (MEG), down 4.7%, Educational Development Corporation (EDUC), down 4.6% and Gray Television (GTN), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the media industry with Omnicom Group (OMC) 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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