Liberty Entertainment Group Series A (LSTZA): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Liberty Entertainment Group Series A ( LSTZA) 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, Liberty Entertainment Group Series A fell $13.29 (-10.7%) to $110.74 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 849,886 shares of Liberty Entertainment Group Series A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 458,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $108.25-$112.12 after having opened the day at $110.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $124.03. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 4.9%, John Wiley & Sons ( JW.B), down 4.4%, John Wiley & Sons ( JW.A), down 4.3%, and Pearson ( PSO), down 4.3%.
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Liberty Starz Group, through its subsidiary, Starz, LLC, focuses primarily on video programming businesses in the United States. Liberty Entertainment Group Series A has a market cap of $3.21 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Liberty Entertainment Group Series A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Entertainment Group Series A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Tiger Media ( IDI), up 8.5%, Radio One ( ROIA), up 7.9%, Spanish Broadcasting System ( SBSA), up 6.8%, and Bona Film Group ( BONA), up 5.8%, were all gainers within the media industry with Focus Media ( FMCN) 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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