Time Warner Inc (TWX): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Time Warner ( TWX) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Time Warner fell $0.68 (-1.0%) to $64.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,190,428 shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,114,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.52-$65.59 after having opened the day at $65.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.30. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 8.3%, Point.360 ( PTSX), down 5.6%, Tiger Media ( IDI), down 4.5% and Rentrak Corporation ( RENT), down 4.3%.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. The Networks segment consists of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Home Box Office, Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $59.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Liberty Media Corp Class B ( LVNTB), up 11.0%, Lee ( LEE), up 9.7%, Rocket Fuel ( FUEL), up 5.7% and YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), up 4.0% , were all gainers within the media industry with Discovery Communications ( DISCA) 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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