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

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Walt Disney ( DIS) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Walt Disney fell $0.81 (-1.3%) to $62.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,657,374 shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,287,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.86-$64.45 after having opened the day at $64.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.80. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation ( LGF), down 5.6%, ReachLocal ( RLOC), down 5.2%, Central European Media ( CETV), down 5.1% and Discovery Communications ( DISCB), down 4.2%.
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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 $115.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Live Nation Entertainment ( LYV), down 16.8%, YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 4.9%, Courier Corporation ( CRRC), down 4.3% and Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ( PRIS), down 4.0%.

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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