Liberty Media Corporation (LMCA): Today's Favorite Media Gainer

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Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Liberty Media Corporation rose $1.10 (1%) to $110.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 669,789 shares of Liberty Media Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 857,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $109.42-$111.23 after having opened the day at $110.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.83. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Salem Communications Corporation ( SALM), up 3.9%, Entravision Communications Corporation ( EVC), up 3.5%, Noah Education Holdings ( NED), up 3.4%, and Millennial Media ( MM), up 2.7%.
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Liberty Media Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in media, communications, and entertainment businesses primarily in North America. Liberty Media Corporation has a market cap of $12.31 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Liberty Media Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Media 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Scholastic Corporation ( SCHL), down 13.9%, Dex One ( DEXO), down 11.8%, Charm Communications ( CHRM), down 8.6%, and Entercom Communications Corporation ( ETM), down 4.2%, were all laggards within the media industry with Comcast ( CMCSA) being today's media industry laggard.

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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