Time Warner Inc (TWX): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Time Warner ( TWX) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Time Warner fell 67 cents (-1.2%) to $56.65 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 13.7 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.19-$57.01 after having opened the day at $56.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.32. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: AirMedia Group ( AMCN), down 13.8%, Lee ( LEE), down 8.4%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 8%, and Emmis Communications ( EMMS), down 7%.
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Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. Time Warner has a market cap of $52.94 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), up 14.1%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 10.5%, Gray Television ( GTN.A), up 7.4%, and Media General ( MEG), up 5.6%, were all gainers within the media industry with Starz ( STRZA) 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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