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

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Charter Communications Inc Class A ( CHTR) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Charter Communications Inc Class A fell $1.25 (-1.0%) to $122.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 681,382 shares of Charter Communications Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,103,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $122.46-$125.80 after having opened the day at $124.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.95. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Pandora Media ( P), down 12.9%, Crown Media Holdings ( CRWN), down 5.9%, Digital Cinema Destinations Corp Class A ( DCIN), down 5.8% and Bona Film Group ( BONA), down 5.0%.

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 $12.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 61.6% 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 unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), up 9.9%, Nexstar Broadcasting Group ( NXST), up 6.5%, McClatchy Company ( MNI), up 6.5% and Central European Media ( CETV), up 5.2% , were all gainers within the media industry with Lamar Advertising ( LAMR) 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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