Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Time Warner Cable ( TWC) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Time Warner Cable fell $6.24 (-6.4%) to $91.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $91.26-$95.25 after having opened the day at $92.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.17. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Radio One ( ROIA), down 6.5%, Gray Television ( GTN), down 6.1%, Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ADR ( PRIS), down 4.3%, and McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated ( MHP), down 4%.
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Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a cable operator in the United States. It offers video, high-speed data, and voice services over its broadband cable systems to residential and business service customers. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $30.25 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Charm Communications ( CHRM), up 15.6%, Radio Center Group ( RC), up 9.5%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 5.9%, and Ku6 Media ( KUTV), up 5.8%, were all gainers within the media industry with CBS Corporation ( CBS) 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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