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

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Charter Communications ( CHTR) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications fell $1.13 (-1.4%) to $78.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 383,806 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 526,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $77.93-$79.21 after having opened the day at $79.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.28. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), down 39%, Pandora Media ( P), down 16.7%, Monster Worldwide ( MWW), down 6.3%, and SearchMedia Holdings ( IDI), down 5.7%.

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 $7.88 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 37.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Inuvo ( INUV), up 17.8%, Digital Cinema Destinations ( DCIN), up 13.2%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 7.1%, and Central European Media ( CETV), up 6.3%, were all gainers within the media industry with Cablevision Systems ( CVC) being today's featured media industry leader.

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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