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Charter Communications



) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications fell $1.94 (-1.9%) to $101.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 685,706 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,226,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $100.92-$103.30 after having opened the day at $102.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.05. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were:




), down 20.5%,

Valassis Communications



), down 8.3%,




), down 6.5% and

Envoy Capital Group



), down 4.8%.

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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 $10.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 36.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

ChinaNet Online Holdings



), down 22.8%,




), down 13.2%,

Nexstar Broadcasting Group



), down 10.2% and

VisionChina Media



), down 10.1% , were all gainers within the media industry with

DISH Network



) being today's featured media industry leader.

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PowerShares Dynamic Media



) while those bearish on the media industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services




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