Omnicom Group Inc. (OMC): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Omnicom Group ( OMC) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Omnicom Group fell $1.12 (-1.5%) to $71.48 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,369,411 shares of Omnicom Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,302,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.38-$72.50 after having opened the day at $72.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.60. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 15.1%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 8.3%, Millennial Media ( MM), down 6.3% and YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 5.3%.

Omnicom Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides advertising, marketing, and corporate communications services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia pacific. Omnicom Group has a market cap of $18.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Omnicom Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omnicom Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Hong Kong Television Network ( HKTV), up 16.6%, Value Line ( VALU), up 12.1%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 11.6% and Central European Media ( CETV), up 9.0% , were all gainers within the media industry with Discovery Communications ( DISCA) being today's featured media industry leader.

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