Comcast Corp (CMCSA): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Comcast ( CMCSA) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Comcast rose $0.57 (1.3%) to $45.12 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 17,588,629 shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,354,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.23-$45.31 after having opened the day at $44.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.54. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 34.0%, Charm Communications ( CHRM), up 6.5%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), up 6.2% and Media General ( MEG), up 4.7%.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $93.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Point.360 ( PTSX), down 5.2%, Millennial Media ( MM), down 5.1%, Tiger Media ( IDI), down 3.8% and YuMe ( YUME), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the media industry with Pandora Media ( P) 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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