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The Media industry as a whole closed the day down 1.9% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.1%. Laggards within the Media industry included

Gray Television

(

TST Recommends

GTN.A

), down 4.8%,

Radio One

(

ROIA

), down 3.1%,

Liberty Global

(

LBTYB

), down 2.6%,

Tiger Media

(

IDI

), down 6.7% and

Discovery Communications

(

DISCB

), down 7.1%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Discovery Communications

(

DISCB

) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry lower today. Discovery Communications was down $2.71 (7.1%) to $35.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 248 shares of Discovery Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.23-$35.29 after having opened the day at $35.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.00.

Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a media company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Networks, International Networks, and Education. Discovery Communications has a market cap of $248.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 57.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Discovery Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Discovery Communications

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DISCB go as follows:

  • DISCB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC has improved earnings per share by 32.9% 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.97 versus $2.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.42 versus $2.97).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Media industry average. The net income increased by 26.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $300.00 million to $379.00 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Discovery Communications Ratings Report

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At the close,

Tiger Media

(

IDI

) was down $0.04 (6.7%) to $0.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 27,845 shares of Tiger Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.51-$0.54 after having opened the day at $0.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.55.

Tiger Media, Inc., a multi-platform media company, provides advertising services in the out-of-home advertising industry in the People's Republic of China. Tiger Media has a market cap of $18.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 64.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Tiger Media

as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IDI go as follows:

  • TIGER MEDIA INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, TIGER MEDIA INC reported poor results of -$0.12 versus -$0.03 in the prior year.
  • IDI's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 60.94%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Media industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 1.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$0.88 million to -$0.86 million.
  • Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, TIGER MEDIA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • IDI has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.75, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Tiger Media Ratings Report

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Radio One

(

ROIA

) was another company that pushed the Media industry lower today. Radio One was down $0.07 (3.1%) to $2.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,947 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.20-$2.39 after having opened the day at $2.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.27.

Radio One, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an urban-oriented multi-media company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Radio Broadcasting, Reach Media, Internet, and Cable Television. Radio One has a market cap of $6.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 31.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Radio One

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ROIA go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, RADIO ONE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, ROIA has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 19.00 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 2.63, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • ROIA, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for RADIO ONE INC is rather high; currently it is at 68.71%. Regardless of ROIA's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ROIA's net profit margin of -9.97% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Radio One Ratings Report

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