Walt Disney Co (DIS): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Walt Disney ( DIS) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Walt Disney rose $0.67 (1.1%) to $63.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,245,837 shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,188,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.11-$63.93 after having opened the day at $63.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.21. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Spanish Broadcasting System ( SBSA), up 10.8%, Dolan ( DM), up 10.2%, Monster Worldwide ( MWW), up 8.9% and Entravision Communications Corporation ( EVC), up 8.2%.
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The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney has a market cap of $113.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Tiger Media ( IDI), down 8.9%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 8.1%, CTC Media ( CTCM), down 5.5% and Central European Media ( CETV), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the media industry with Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI) 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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