Charter Communications Inc (CHTR): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Charter Communications ( CHTR) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications rose $1.59 (1.4%) to $111.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 757,292 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,149,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $109.86-$112.09 after having opened the day at $109.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.06. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), up 20.9%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCAD), up 11.6%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 11.6% and Spanish Broadcasting System ( SBSA), up 10.2%.
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Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 44.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 16.7%, Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ( PRIS), down 6.6%, Point.360 ( PTSX), down 5.9% and Dolan ( DM), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the media industry with Gannett ( GCI) 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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