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

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Pandora Media ( P) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Pandora Media rose 15 cents (1.9%) to $7.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.68-$7.94 after having opened the day at $7.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.69. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Point.360 ( PTSX), up 18.7%, Cumulus Media ( CMLS), up 8.4%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), up 6.3%, and Inuvo ( INUV), up 5.8%.
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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 $1.32 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -86.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 22% 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 negative front, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation ( LNET), down 51.4%, Dial Global ( DIAL), down 7.6%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 6.8%, and Noah Education Holdings ( NED), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the media industry with CBS Corporation ( CBS) being today's media industry laggard.

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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