Directv (DTV): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Directv ( DTV) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Directv rose 78 cents (1.6%) to $49.02 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7.4 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.40-$49.77 after having opened the day at $48.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.24. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Point.360 ( PTSX), up 13%, Millennial Media ( MM), up 4.2%, Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ADR ( PRIS), up 4%, and Digital Cinema Destinations Corp Class A ( DCIN), up 4%.
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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 $29.32 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Directv a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven 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.

On the negative front, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation ( LNET), down 22.3%, Lee ( LEE), down 20.5%, Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 11.2%, and Liberty Global ( LBTYB), down 9%, were all laggards within the media industry with News Corporation ( NWSA) 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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