5 Stocks Pushing The Media Industry Lower

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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 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Gannett ( GCI) is one of the companies pushing the Media industry lower today. As of noon trading, Gannett is down $0.38 (-2.2%) to $16.74 on light volume Thus far, 501,719 shares of Gannett exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.73-$17.19 after having opened the day at $17.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.11.

Gannett Co., Inc. operates as a media and marketing solutions company in the United States and internationally. Its Publishing segment publishes 82 U.S. Gannett has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Gannett a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gannett as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Gannett Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is down $1.22 (-1.3%) to $91.88 on average volume Thus far, 760,416 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.57-$93.30 after having opened the day at $93.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.10.

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 $28.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.5% 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 5 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is down $0.43 (-0.9%) to $48.40 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.29-$49.02 after having opened the day at $48.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.83.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment primarily in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily via satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $29.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, 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 13 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is down $0.18 (-0.5%) to $34.70 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.64-$35.60 after having opened the day at $34.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.88.

CBS Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $20.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full CBS Corporation Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, News Corporation ( NWSA) is down $0.12 (-0.5%) to $24.30 on light volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of News Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.21-$24.43 after having opened the day at $24.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.42.

News Corporation operates as a diversified media company worldwide. News Corporation has a market cap of $38.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate News Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates News Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, 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. Get the full News Corporation 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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