Interpublic Group Of Cos Inc (IPG): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Interpublic Group of Cos ( IPG) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Interpublic Group of Cos rose $0.74 (4.7%) to $16.61 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 29,002,607 shares of Interpublic Group of Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,846,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.41-$17.43 after having opened the day at $16.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.87. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Noah Education Holdings ( NED), up 5.8%, Educational Development Corporation ( EDUC), up 4.5%, MDC Partners ( MDCA), up 4.0% and YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), up 3.7%.

The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides advertising and marketing services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Integrated Agency Networks and Constituency Management Group. Interpublic Group of Cos has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 42.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Interpublic Group of Cos a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Interpublic Group of Cos as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, CTC Media ( CTCM), down 9.1%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 6.9%, Central European Media ( CETV), down 4.8% and VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 4.6% , were all laggards within the media industry with Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOX) being today's media industry laggard.

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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