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 1%. By the end of trading, Walt Disney rose 77 cents (1.6%) to $48.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6.8 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of nine million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.38-$48.38 after having opened the day at $47.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.41. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: LIN TV Corporation ( TVL), up 6%, New Frontier Media ( NOOF), up 4.3%, E.W. Scripps Company ( SSP), up 4.2%, and Salem Communications Corporation ( SALM), up 4.1%.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Walt Disney has a market cap of $84.49 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, above the average media industry P/E ratio of 16.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 7.1%, Inuvo ( INUV), down 6.9%, Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), down 6.3%, and Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 5.7%, 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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