News Corporation (NWSA): Today's Featured Media Winner

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News Corporation ( NWSA) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, News Corporation rose 34 cents (1.2%) to $29.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13.3 million shares of News Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.48-$29.16 after having opened the day at $28.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.80. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI), up 12.6%, Salem Communications Corporation ( SALM), up 6.8%, Gray Television ( GTN), up 6%, and Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ADR ( PRIS), up 5.8%.
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News Corporation operates as a diversified media company worldwide. News Corporation has a market cap of $43.99 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate News Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two 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, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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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