Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Time Warner Cable ( TWC) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Time Warner Cable rose $9.50 (7.0%) to $144.81 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 26,462,182 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,965,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $143.30-$146.19 after having opened the day at $145.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $135.31. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Point.360 ( PTSX), up 8.3%, McClatchy Company ( MNI), up 7.9%, A.H. Belo Corporation ( AHC), up 6.5% and CBS Corporation ( CBS.A), up 4.8%.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services to residential and business service customers over its broadband cable systems in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $38.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Charter Communications ( CHTR), down 6.3%, Rocket Fuel ( FUEL), down 5.6%, Discovery Communications ( DISCA), down 4.3% and Emmis Communications ( EMMS), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the media industry with Comcast ( CMCSA) 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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