Comcast Corp (CMCSA): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Comcast ( CMCSA) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.8%. By the end of trading, Comcast fell 50 cents (-1.2%) to $40.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15.4 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.92-$41.73 after having opened the day at $41.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.45. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Millennial Media ( MM), down 37.5%, Pandora Media ( P), down 8.2%, Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 7%, and Gray Television ( GTN), down 6.6%.
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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 $87.38 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four 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.

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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