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

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Comcast ( CMCSA) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Comcast fell $0.79 (-1.8%) to $44.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,332,192 shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,819,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.97-$44.81 after having opened the day at $44.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.96. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Lee ( LEE), down 6.0%, Tiger Media ( IDI), down 5.9%, Mandalay Digital Group ( MNDLD), down 5.5% and Mandalay Digital Group ( MNDL), down 5.5%.

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 $96.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 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, Liberty Media Corp Class B ( LVNTB), up 9.1%, Entravision Communications Corporation ( EVC), up 8.8%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 8.8% and Liberty Ventures Class A ( LVNTA), up 7.5% , 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).

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