Interpublic Group Of Cos Inc (IPG): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Interpublic Group of Cos ( IPG) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Interpublic Group of Cos fell 13 cents (-1.2%) to $10.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.5 million shares of Interpublic Group of Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.86-$11.09 after having opened the day at $11.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.02. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Point.360 ( PTSX), down 6.2%, Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), down 5%, ReachLocal ( RLOC), down 4.1%, and Radio One Inc. Class D ( ROIAK), down 3.8%.
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The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides advertising and marketing services worldwide. Its services include consumer advertising, digital marketing, communications planning and media buying, public relations, and specialized communications disciplines. Interpublic Group of Cos has a market cap of $4.62 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Interpublic Group of Cos a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Interpublic Group of Cos as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Dex One ( DEXO), up 16.7%, Noah Education Holdings ( NED), up 10.8%, Charm Communications ( CHRM), up 7.9%, and SearchMedia Holdings ( IDI), up 7%, were all gainers within the media industry with Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) being today's featured media industry leader.

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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