Discovery Communications Inc (DISCA): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Discovery Communications ( DISCA) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Discovery Communications fell $1.40 (-1.8%) to $77.32 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Discovery Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $77.25-$78.66 after having opened the day at $78.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.72. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Team ( TISI), down 19.4%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 16.1%, AirMedia Group ( AMCN), down 13.8%, and Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), down 13.1%.
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Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a non fiction media company worldwide. It operates through three segments: U.S. Networks, International Networks, and Education. The company provides original and purchased content across various distribution platforms. Discovery Communications has a market cap of $11.36 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Discovery Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discovery Communications 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Ambow Education ( AMBO), up 53.5%, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), up 31.2%, Casual Male Retail Group ( CMRG), up 31.2%, and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 28.9%, were all gainers within the services sector with GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC) being today's featured services sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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