Omnicom Group Inc. (OMC): Today's Featured Media Winner

Omnicom Group ( OMC) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Omnicom Group rose 59 cents (1.2%) to $49.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Omnicom Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.05-$49.39 after having opened the day at $48.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.55. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Dex One ( DEXO), up 6.4%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 6%, Imax Corporation ( IMAX), up 5.8%, and Gray Television ( GTN), up 3.3%.

Omnicom Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides advertising, marketing, and corporate communications services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Omnicom Group has a market cap of $13.04 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14, below the average media industry P/E ratio of 14.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Omnicom Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omnicom Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), down 9.5%, Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ADR ( PRIS), down 7.7%, Tudou Holdings ( TUDO), down 5.4%, and Dial Global ( DIAL), down 4.7%, 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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