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Two out of the three major indices traded up today One out of the three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 17,848 as of Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,614 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Media industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Media industry included

Point 360

(

PTSX

), up 7.1%,

Emmis Communications

(

EMMS

), up 2.9%,

CBS

(

CBS.A

), up 2.3%,

Lee

(

LEE

), up 1.8% and

Entercom Communications

(

ETM

), up 2.1%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Entercom Communications

(

ETM

) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry higher today. Entercom Communications was up $0.22 (2.1%) to $10.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 34,750 shares of Entercom Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 57,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.36-$10.64 after having opened the day at $10.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.42.

Entercom Communications Corp. operates as a radio broadcasting company in the United States. The company owns and operates radio stations in various formats, including news, talk, classic rock, adult contemporary, alternative, country, and others. Entercom Communications has a market cap of $324.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Entercom Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Entercom Communications as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ETM go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Despite the current debt-to-equity ratio of 1.52, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Media industry. Despite the fact that ETM's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.25 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • The gross profit margin for ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.40%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.48% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $19.56 million or 7.23% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Entercom Communications Ratings Report

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At the close,

Lee

(

LEE

) was up $0.06 (1.8%) to $3.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 134,161 shares of Lee exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 180,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.27-$3.40 after having opened the day at $3.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.31.

Lee Enterprises, Incorporated provides local news and information, and advertising services primarily in the Midwest, Mountain West, and West regions of the United States. Lee has a market cap of $167.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lee a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Lee as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LEE go as follows:

  • LEE ENTERPRISES INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, LEE ENTERPRISES INC reported poor results of -$1.49 versus -$0.25 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 642.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.80 million to -$9.75 million.
  • The share price of LEE ENTERPRISES INC has not done very well: it is down 12.08% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • LEE, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for LEE ENTERPRISES INC is rather high; currently it is at 57.36%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -5.97% is in-line with the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Lee Ratings Report

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Emmis Communications

(

EMMS

) was another company that pushed the Media industry higher today. Emmis Communications was up $0.06 (2.9%) to $2.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 40,451 shares of Emmis Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 64,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.03-$2.15 after having opened the day at $2.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.05.

Emmis Communications Corporation, a diversified media company, is engaged in radio broadcasting activities in the United States. It operates in two segments, Radio and Publishing. Emmis Communications has a market cap of $78.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 25.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Emmis Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Emmis Communications as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EMMS go as follows:

  • Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS CP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • EMMS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS CP has improved earnings per share by 20.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS CP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.93 versus -$0.21 in the prior year.
  • EMMS has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 13.20% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $4.62 million or 44.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Emmis Communications Ratings Report

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