Focus Media Holding Ltd. (FMCN): Today's Featured Media Winner

Focus Media ( FMCN) 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, Focus Media rose 27 cents (1.4%) to $18.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Focus Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.56-$19.23 after having opened the day at $18.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.65. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Ku6 Media ( KUTV), up 6.6%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), up 6.5%, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation ( LNET), up 4.5%, and Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), up 3%.

Focus Media Holding Limited, a multi-platform digital media company, operates liquid crystal display (LCD) network using audiovisual digital displays in China. Focus Media has a market cap of $2.47 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, below the average media industry P/E ratio of 7.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Focus Media a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Focus Media as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 22.9%, Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), down 12.2%, Courier Corporation ( CRRC), down 10.4%, and Dolan ( DM), down 6.3%, were all laggards within the media industry with DIRECTV ( DTV) being today's media industry laggard.

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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