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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications rose $1.30 (1.7%) to $79.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 611,453 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 569,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.69-$80.09 after having opened the day at $78.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.50. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Lee ( LEE), up 19.6%, Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), up 11.6%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 10.1%, and Radio One Inc. Class D ( ROIAK), up 7.3%.

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 $7.66 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 36.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four 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, Point.360 ( PTSX), down 15.3%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 10.2%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 9.8%, and Millennial Media ( MM), down 8.1%, were all laggards within the media industry with Comcast ( CMCSK) 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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