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

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Time Warner Cable ( TWC) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Time Warner Cable fell $1.53 (-1.1%) to $140.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,573,604 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,502,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $139.95-$142.34 after having opened the day at $142.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.74. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: E.W. Scripps Company ( SSP), down 7.8%, Inuvo ( INUV), down 7.7%, AirMedia Group ( AMCN), down 7.0% and Hemisphere Media Group ( HMTV), down 4.4%.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $39.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Point.360 ( PTSX), up 6.6%, Spanish Broadcasting System ( SBSA), up 6.5%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 3.9% and Salem Communications Corporation Class A ( SALM), up 3.6%.

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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