5 Stocks Pushing The Media Industry Lower

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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 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Cablevision Systems ( CVC) is one of the companies pushing the Media industry lower today. As of noon trading, Cablevision Systems is down $1.58 (-10.2%) to $13.89 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.0 million shares of Cablevision Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.68-$15.11 after having opened the day at $14.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.47.

Cablevision Systems Corporation operates as a telecommunications and media company. Cablevision Systems has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Cablevision Systems a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cablevision Systems as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Cablevision Systems Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Pandora Media ( P) is down $0.68 (-5.3%) to $12.06 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.92-$12.66 after having opened the day at $11.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.74.

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 $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 38.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Pandora Media a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Pandora Media Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Charter Communications ( CHTR) is down $1.08 (-1.2%) to $86.05 on average volume Thus far, 621,877 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 877,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.21-$87.25 after having opened the day at $86.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.13.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is down $1.27 (-1.4%) to $86.75 on average volume Thus far, 905,614 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.62-$87.81 after having opened the day at $87.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.02.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a cable operator in the United States. It offers video, high-speed data, and voice services over its broadband cable systems to residential and business service customers. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $25.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is down $0.48 (-1.1%) to $43.32 on average volume Thus far, 4.0 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.87-$43.68 after having opened the day at $43.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.80.

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 $24.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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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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