Walt Disney Co (DIS): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Walt Disney ( DIS) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Walt Disney rose $0.94 (1.2%) to $80.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,246,113 shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,335,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.80-$80.45 after having opened the day at $79.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.19. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Crown Media Holdings ( CRWN), up 6.6%, Bona Film Group ( BONA), up 6.5%, Dex Media ( DXM), up 6.0% and Radio One ( ROIA), up 5.8%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. Walt Disney has a market cap of $138.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, National CineMedia ( NCMI), down 12.3%, MDC Partners ( MDCA), down 11.6%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 5.4% and Charter Communications ( CHTR), down 5.1% , 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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