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 down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Walt Disney rose 26 cents (0.6%) to $43.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, nine million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.49-$44.13 after having opened the day at $43.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.54. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE), up 13.5%, Insignia Systems ( ISIG), up 12.6%, Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), up 10%, and NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 8.7%.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Walt Disney has a market cap of $78.49 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, equal to the average media industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.1% 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, Peoples Educational Holdings ( PEDH), down 31.4%, KIT Digital ( KITD), down 30.3%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 10.6%, and Lamar Advertising ( LAMR), down 9.1%, 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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