Charter Communications Inc Class A (CHTR): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Charter Communications Inc Class A ( CHTR) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications Inc Class A rose $6.04 (4.7%) to $134.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,481,018 shares of Charter Communications Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,100,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $127.19-$137.29 after having opened the day at $128.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $127.96. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Entravision Communications Corporation ( EVC), up 17.7%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 9.8%, Viacom Incorporated Class A ( VIA), up 6.5% and Emmis Communications ( EMMS), up 6.0%.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications Inc Class A has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 64.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Charter Communications Inc Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications Inc Class A as a hold. 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. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Monster Worldwide ( MWW), down 9.3%, Dolan ( DM), down 4.2%, Salem Communications Corporation Class A ( SALM), down 4.0% and Noah Education Holdings ( NED), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the media industry with Liberty Global ( LBTYA) 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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