News Corporation Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (NWSA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- News Corporation (Nasdaq: NWSA) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.55, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.49, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, NEWS CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 221.05% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 66.53% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, NWSA should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.

News Corporation operates as a diversified media company worldwide. News has a market cap of $50.4 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.00, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 30.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full News Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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