CBS Corporation (CBS): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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CBS Corporation ( CBS) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, CBS Corporation fell $0.70 (-1.1%) to $65.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,365,797 shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,082,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.60-$66.33 after having opened the day at $66.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.46. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: AirMedia Group ( AMCN), down 11.4%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 10.0%, Point.360 ( PTSX), down 6.0% and Emmis Communications ( EMMS), down 5.9%.

CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. It operates in five segments: Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, Local Broadcasting, and Outdoor Americas. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $36.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation 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. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Starz ( STRZB), up 13.1%, Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ( PRIS), up 11.0%, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia ( MSO), up 9.9% and Live Nation Entertainment ( LYV), up 8.4% , were all gainers within the media industry with Cablevision Systems ( CVC) 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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