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

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DISH Network ( DISH) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, DISH Network rose $0.96 (2.5%) to $40.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,178,999 shares of DISH Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,178,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.39-$40.24 after having opened the day at $39.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.26. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 22.8%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 13.2%, Nexstar Broadcasting Group ( NXST), up 10.2% and VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 10.1%.
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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 $8.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Point.360 ( PTSX), down 20.5%, Valassis Communications ( VCI), down 8.3%, Dolan ( DM), down 6.5% and Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the media industry with Charter Communications ( CHTR) 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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