5 Stocks Pushing The Media Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 51 points (0.4%) at 14,033 as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,948 issues advancing vs. 943 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Media industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), up 1.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. News Corporation ( NWS) is one of the companies pushing the Media industry higher today. As of noon trading, News Corporation is up $0.16 (0.6%) to $29.50 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of News Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.37-$29.66 after having opened the day at $29.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.34.

News Corporation operates as a diversified media company worldwide. News Corporation has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full News Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated ( MHP) is up $0.73 (1.6%) to $45.68 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.75-$45.76 after having opened the day at $44.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.95.

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. provides information services for the financial, commodities and commercial, and education markets worldwide. McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is up $0.04 (1.1%) to $3.18 on light volume Thus far, 10.7 million shares of Sirius XM Radio exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 62.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.15-$3.19 after having opened the day at $3.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.15.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. The company broadcasts approximately 135 channels, including music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic, and weather channels on subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems. Sirius XM Radio has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sirius XM Radio a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Radio as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Sirius XM Radio Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is up $0.32 (0.7%) to $44.96 on average volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.57-$45.00 after having opened the day at $44.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.64.

CBS Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $26.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full CBS Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is up $0.25 (0.6%) to $41.49 on average volume Thus far, 8.1 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.20-$41.55 after having opened the day at $41.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.24.

Comcast Corporation provides entertainment, information, and communications products and services in the United States and internationally. The company's Cable Communications segment offers video, high-speed Internet, and voice services to residential and business customers. Comcast has a market cap of $87.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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