Regal Entertainment Group (RGC): Today's Featured Media Loser

Regal Entertainment Group ( RGC) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Regal Entertainment Group fell 7 cents (-0.5%) to $13.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Regal Entertainment Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $13-$13.19 after having opened the day at $13.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.16. Other company's within the Media industry that declined today were: Charm Communications ( CHRM), down 23%, Noah Education Holdings ( NED), down 7.3%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 5.3%, and Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ADR ( PRIS), down 4.4%.

Regal Entertainment Group, through its subsidiaries, operates a theatre circuit in the United States. Regal Entertainment Group has a market cap of $1.72 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the average media industry P/E ratio of 18.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Regal Entertainment Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regal Entertainment Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), up 18.8%, KIT Digital ( KITD), up 15.2%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 15%, and LIN TV Corporation ( TVL), up 11%, were all gainers within the media industry with Time Warner ( TWX) 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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