DISH Network Corp (DISH): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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DISH Network ( DISH) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, DISH Network fell 42 cents (-1.2%) to $34.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of DISH Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.18-$34.81 after having opened the day at $34.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.65. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 8.3%, Dex One ( DEXO), down 6.9%, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia ( MSO), down 4.2%, and Dolan ( DM), down 3.6%.
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DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, offers direct broadcast satellite subscription television services in the United States. DISH Network has a market cap of $7.51 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate DISH Network a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DISH Network as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 11.2%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), up 9.3%, Spanish Broadcasting System ( SBSA), up 8.4%, and Insignia Systems ( ISIG), up 5%, were all gainers within the media industry with CBS Corporation ( CBS) being today's featured media industry leader.

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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