News Corporation (NWS): Today's Featured Media Winner

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News Corporation ( NWS) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, News Corporation rose 32 cents (1.3%) to $25.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of News Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.92-$25.32 after having opened the day at $24.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.94. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Dex One ( DEXO), up 18.1%, Radio Center Group ( RC), up 5.7%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 3.8%, and Tivo ( TIVO), up 3.6%.
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News Corporation operates as a diversified media company worldwide. News Corporation has a market cap of $20.06 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate News Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none 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.

On the negative front, SearchMedia Holdings ( IDI), down 11.2%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 7.9%, Point.360 ( PTSX), down 7.3%, and LIN TV Corporation ( TVL), down 6.2%, were all laggards within the media industry with Scripps Networks Interactive ( SNI) 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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