3 Stocks Pulling The Media Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 14,544 as of Monday, April 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,423 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Media industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA) is one of the companies pushing the Media industry lower today. As of noon trading, Liberty Media Corporation is down $0.64 (-0.6%) to $109.18 on light volume Thus far, 81,049 shares of Liberty Media Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 466,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.11-$109.74 after having opened the day at $108.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.83.

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 $12.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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. Get the full Liberty Media Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSK) is down $0.09 (-0.2%) to $38.73 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.56-$39.26 after having opened the day at $39.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.82.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYA) is down $0.73 (-1.0%) to $72.71 on light volume Thus far, 803,720 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.34-$73.78 after having opened the day at $73.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.44.

Liberty Global, Inc. provides video, broadband Internet, and telephony services to residential and business customers primarily in Europe and Chile. The company operates in three segments: UPC/Unity Division, Telenet, and VTR Group. Liberty Global has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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