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Charter Communications Inc Class A



) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications Inc Class A rose $7.70 (6.1%) to $134.66 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,638,762 shares of Charter Communications Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 627,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $126.80-$134.98 after having opened the day at $131.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $126.96. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were:

NTN Buzztime



), up 10.4%,

Time Warner Cable



), up 10.0%,

Dex Media



), up 6.2% and




), up 6.0%.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications Inc Class A has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 66.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Charter Communications Inc Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications Inc Class A as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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,



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), down 4.6%,

VisionChina Media



), down 4.3%,

ChinaNet Online Holdings



), down 4.0% and

Bona Film Group



), down 3.4% , were all laggards within the media industry with

Pandora Media



) being today's media industry laggard.

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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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