Time Warner Inc (TWX): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Time Warner ( TWX) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Time Warner fell $1.21 (-2.0%) to $58.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,454,457 shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,523,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.37-$60.00 after having opened the day at $59.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.58. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 10.0%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 8.3%, Central European Media ( CETV), down 7.7% and NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 7.3%.
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Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. Time Warner has a market cap of $55.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCAD), down 13.7%, Tiger Media ( IDI), down 5.7%, Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ( PRIS), down 5.6% and Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), down 4.8% , were all gainers within the media industry with Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA) being today's featured media industry leader.

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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