Comcast Corp (CMCSA): Today's Featured Media Laggard

Comcast ( CMCSA) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Comcast fell $0.53 (-1.2%) to $44.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,807,195 shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,465,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.04-$44.64 after having opened the day at $44.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.68. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Dex Media ( DXM), down 8.0%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 5.6%, Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 2.3% and Tiger Media ( IDI), down 2.2%.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $94.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 19.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Point.360 ( PTSX), up 9.5%, Emmis Communications ( EMMS), up 6.8%, Imax Corporation ( IMAX), up 5.8% and Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), up 5.3% , were all gainers within the media industry with Pandora Media ( P) 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).

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.