Comcast Corp (CMCSA): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Comcast ( CMCSA) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Comcast rose $0.61 (1.2%) to $51.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18,739,680 shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,821,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.12-$52.08 after having opened the day at $51.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.08. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Central European Media ( CETV), up 74.9%, Entravision Communications Corporation ( EVC), up 9.9%, AirMedia Group ( AMCN), up 9.9% and Media General ( MEG), up 8.2%.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $108.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, YuMe ( YUME), down 16.6%, RetailMeNot ( SALE), down 11.1%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 9.8% and YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 8.7%.

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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