4 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 10 points (0.1%) at 14,085 as of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,607 issues advancing vs. 1,243 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Media industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Liberty Global ( LBTYA), up 1.4%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV) is one of the companies pushing the Media industry higher today. As of noon trading, Grupo Televisa S.A is up $0.35 (1.3%) to $26.80 on average volume Thus far, 805,770 shares of Grupo Televisa S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.53-$26.84 after having opened the day at $26.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.45.

Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. operates as a media company. Grupo Televisa S.A has a market cap of $30.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Grupo Televisa S.A a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Grupo Televisa S.A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Grupo Televisa S.A Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYK) is up $1.01 (1.6%) to $63.49 on heavy volume Thus far, 653,805 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 863,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.95-$63.87 after having opened the day at $61.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.48.

Liberty Global, Inc. provides video, broadband Internet, and telephony services primarily in Europe and Chile. Liberty Global has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is up $0.02 (0.8%) to $3.10 on average volume Thus far, 28.7 million shares of Sirius XM Radio exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 61.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.08-$3.12 after having opened the day at $3.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.08.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. The company broadcasts 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 $20.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 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 Sirius XM Radio Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Virgin Media ( VMED) is up $0.43 (0.9%) to $46.22 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.53-$46.37 after having opened the day at $45.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.79.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Virgin Media a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Virgin Media as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Virgin Media Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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