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 closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications Inc Class A fell $1.68 (-1.2%) to $133.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 419,053 shares of Charter Communications Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 907,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $133.31-$135.25 after having opened the day at $134.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $135.47. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Dex Media ( DXM), down 4.8%, Point.360 ( PTSX), down 4.4%, Imax Corporation ( IMAX), down 4.4% and Media General ( MEG), down 3.7%.

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 $13.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 72.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Charter Communications Inc Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 35.7%, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings ( CCO), up 11.4%, Mandalay Digital Group ( MNDL), up 6.8% and Mandalay Digital Group ( MNDLD), up 6.8% , were all gainers within the media industry with DISH Network ( DISH) 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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