Walt Disney Co (DIS): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Walt Disney ( DIS) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Walt Disney rose 49 cents (1%) to $47.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.4 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.45-$48.03 after having opened the day at $47.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.42. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: AirMedia Group ( AMCN), up 16.4%, Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), up 10.6%, Crown Media Holdings ( CRWN), up 9.3%, and Gray Television ( GTN.A), up 8.3%.
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The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Walt Disney has a market cap of $85.17 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, 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 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney 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, revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Dial Global ( DIAL), down 21.4%, Dex One ( DEXO), down 8.6%, Inuvo ( INUV), down 7.2%, and Spanish Broadcasting System ( SBSA), down 6.9%, were all laggards within the media industry with DISH Network ( DISH) 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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