Gannett Co Inc (GCI): Today's Featured Media Laggard

Gannett ( GCI) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Gannett fell $0.31 (-1.2%) to $26.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,845,662 shares of Gannett exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,575,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.09-$26.70 after having opened the day at $26.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.53. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), down 14.3%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 7.0%, Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 6.2% and Dreamworks Animation SKG ( DWA), down 6.0%.

Gannett Co., Inc. operates as a media and marketing solutions company in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Publishing, Digital, and Broadcasting. The Publishing Segment operates 82 U.S. Gannett has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 48.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Gannett a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gannett as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), up 7.3%, Point.360 ( PTSX), up 5.8%, News Corporation ( NWSA), up 4.2% and News Corporation ( NWS), up 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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