Walt Disney Co (DIS): Today's Featured Media Winner

Walt Disney ( DIS) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Walt Disney rose 66 cents (1.6%) to $43.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.6 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.69-$43.56 after having opened the day at $42.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.70. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Emmis Communications ( EMMS), up 13.8%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), up 11.7%, Merus Labs International ( MSLI), up 11.7%, and Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), up 10.2%.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Walt Disney has a market cap of $75.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16, equal to the average media industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Valassis Communications ( VCI), down 15.5%, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation ( LNET), down 10.5%, Dex One ( DEXO), down 7.3%, and Point.360 ( PTSX), down 7.1%, were all losers within the media industry with Time Warner Cable ( TWC) being today's media industry loser.

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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