Pandora Media Inc (P): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Pandora Media ( P) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Pandora Media fell 29 cents (-3.1%) to $9.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.99-$9.36 after having opened the day at $9.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.40. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: LodgeNet Interactive Corporation ( LNET), down 6.7%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 4.1%, McClatchy Company ( MNI), down 4%, and Points International ( PCOM), down 3.3%.
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Pandora Media, Inc. provides an Internet radio services in the United States. The company allows listeners to create up to 100 personalized stations to access unlimited hours of free music and comedy, as well as offers a paid subscription service to listeners. Pandora Media has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Pandora Media a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pandora Media as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Dex One ( DEXO), up 6.5%, Cablevision Systems ( CVC), up 4.8%, New York Times Company ( NYT), up 4.8%, and Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings ( CCO), up 4.5%, were all gainers within the media industry with News Corporation ( NWSA) 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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