Time Warner Inc (TWX): Today's Featured Media Winner

Time Warner ( TWX) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Time Warner rose 30 cents (0.8%) to $38.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.7 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.99-$38.64 after having opened the day at $38.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.29. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Gray Television ( GTN.A), up 9.8%, AirMedia Group ( AMCN), up 8.7%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 6.8%, and Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), up 5.3%.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Networks, Filmed Entertainment, and Publishing. Time Warner has a market cap of $37.28 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, equal to the average media industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. 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, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Charm Communications ( CHRM), down 5.9%, SearchMedia Holdings ( IDI), down 5.7%, Inuvo ( INUV), down 4.7%, and RealD ( RLD), down 4.5%, were all losers within the media industry with Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) 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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