3 Stocks Pushing The Media Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Media industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated ( MHP) is one of the companies pushing the Media industry higher today. As of noon trading, McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated is up $0.24 (0.5%) to $51.01 on light volume Thus far, 605,751 shares of McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.59-$51.08 after having opened the day at $50.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.77.

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. provides information services for the financial, commodities and commercial, and education markets worldwide. McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Virgin Media ( VMED) is up $0.30 (0.9%) to $32.26 on light volume Thus far, 518,775 shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.09-$32.54 after having opened the day at $32.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.96.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -7.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 49.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Virgin Media a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Virgin Media as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Virgin Media Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is up $0.02 (0.7%) to $2.77 on light volume Thus far, 17.8 million shares of Sirius XM Radio exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 70.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.75-$2.81 after having opened the day at $2.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.75.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. The company broadcasts approximately 135 channels, including music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic, and weather channels on subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems. Sirius XM Radio has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 51.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Sirius XM Radio a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Radio as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Sirius XM Radio Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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