Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC): Today's Featured Media Loser

Time Warner Cable ( TWC) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Time Warner Cable fell $1.01 (-1.2%) to $81.14 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $78.64-$83.64 after having opened the day at $82.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.15. Other company's within the Media industry that declined today were: 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%.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a cable operator in the United States. It offers video, high-speed data, and voice services over its broadband cable systems to residential and business service customers. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $25.41 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, equal to the average media industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the media industry with Walt Disney ( DIS) being today's featured media industry winner.

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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