AMC Networks Inc (AMCX): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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AMC Networks ( AMCX) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, AMC Networks fell $1.31 (-2.0%) to $63.64 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,231,458 shares of AMC Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 726,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.52-$65.74 after having opened the day at $65.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.95. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 7.4%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 7.0%, Gray Television ( GTN), down 3.5% and Radio One ( ROIA), down 3.3%.

AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates cable television's brands delivering content to audiences, and a platform to distributors and advertisers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, National Networks, and International and Other. AMC Networks has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate AMC Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AMC Networks as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its poor profit margins.

On the positive front, YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), up 29.3%, RealD ( RLD), up 11.9%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 10.4% and Rentrak Corporation ( RENT), up 9.4% , were all gainers within the media industry with Pandora Media ( P) 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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