Charter Communications Inc (CHTR): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Charter Communications ( CHTR) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications rose $1.40 (1.1%) to $131.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,590,982 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,368,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $130.58-$133.18 after having opened the day at $130.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.44. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Marchex ( MCHX), up 24.2%, Gray Television ( GTN), up 7.8%, World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE), up 7.6% and Gray Television ( GTN.A), up 7.3%.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications 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 generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Millennial Media ( MM), down 14.6%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 7.2%, Radio One ( ROIAK), down 3.4% and Emmis Communications ( EMMS), down 2.9%.

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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