Liberty Media Corporation (LMCA): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Liberty Media Corporation fell $1.05 (-1%) to $102.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 769,276 shares of Liberty Media Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 598,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $101.91-$103.32 after having opened the day at $102.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.13. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Dial Global ( DIAL), down 11.8%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 9.1%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 7.8%, and Bona Film Group ( BONA), down 6.5%.
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Liberty Media Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in media, communications, and entertainment businesses primarily in North America. Liberty Media Corporation has a market cap of $11.43 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the average media industry P/E ratio of 19.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Liberty Media Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Media Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia ( MSO), up 11.8%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 9.5%, SearchMedia Holdings ( IDI), up 9%, and QuinStreet ( QNST), up 6%, were all gainers within the media industry with Pandora Media ( P) 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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