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 29 cents (3.5%) to $8.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.8 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.14-$8.70 after having opened the day at $8.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.30. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Dex One ( DEXO), up 24.1%, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation ( LNET), up 11.6%, Radio One Inc. Class D ( ROIAK), up 8%, and NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 7%.
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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 $1.35 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Pandora Media a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and five 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 disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 10.6%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 9.6%, YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 7%, and Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), down 6.1%, were all laggards within the media industry with Comcast ( CMCSA) 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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