DISH Network Corp (DISH): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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DISH Network ( DISH) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, DISH Network fell $0.78 (-1.6%) to $46.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,924,193 shares of DISH Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,569,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $46.66-$48.30 after having opened the day at $48.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.72. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Tiger Media ( IDI), down 9.2%, Monster Worldwide ( MWW), down 4.4%, Emmis Communications ( EMMS), down 3.6% and World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE), down 3.6%.

DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, offers direct broadcast satellite subscription television services in the United States. DISH Network has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate DISH Network a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DISH Network 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, Point.360 ( PTSX), up 24.2%, Central European Media ( CETV), up 6.0%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 4.5% and Starz ( STRZB), up 3.9% , were all gainers within the media industry with Time Warner Cable ( TWC) 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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