Directv (DTV): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Directv ( DTV) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Directv rose $0.59 (1.0%) to $58.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,809,986 shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,745,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.31-$59.06 after having opened the day at $58.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.38. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Tiger Media ( IDI), up 7.0%, Dolan ( DM), up 6.8%, RealD ( RLD), up 6.1% and Dex Media ( DXM), up 5.7%.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $32.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia ( MSO), down 5.7%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 5.1%, Madison Square Garden ( MSG), down 3.5% and Gray Television ( GTN), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the media industry with Comcast ( CMCSA) 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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