Netflix Inc. (NFLX): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Netflix ( NFLX) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Netflix rose $4.18 (1.0%) to $424.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,064,712 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,816,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $419.50-$432.20 after having opened the day at $419.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $420.09. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Hemisphere Media Group ( HMTV), up 13.1%, Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ( PRIS), up 6.3%, Insignia Systems ( ISIG), up 3.9% and Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI), up 3.8%.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $25.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 negative front, Cinedigm ( CIDM), down 11.4%, Central European Media ( CETV), down 7.0%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 6.2% and VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the media industry with Sirius XM Holdings ( SIRI) 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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