Charter Communications Inc (CHTR): Today's Featured Media Winner

Charter Communications ( CHTR) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications rose $1.37 (1.8%) to $78.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 204,517 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 540,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.49-$79.02 after having opened the day at $77.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.92. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI), up 12.1%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 10.7%, ReachLocal ( RLOC), up 9.4%, and Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), up 8%.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $7.67 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 36% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Constant Contact ( CTCT), down 4.8%, SearchMedia Holdings ( IDI), down 4.6%, Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), down 4.4%, and Focus Media ( FMCN), down 4.3%, were all laggards within the media industry with Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) 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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