Why Time Warner Cable (TWC) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Time Warner Cable (TWC) shares are up 1.8% to $138.36 in trading Wednesday.

Time Warner Cable has been in the spotlight all day as its CFO Arthur Minson appeared before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee which is looking into the company's proposed merger with rival Comcast Corp (CMCSA).

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The $45 billion deal would give Comcast 30% of the cable market share and 40% of the Internet service provider market share. 

Congress grilled executives from the two companies on everything from how the merger would affect consumers to "golden parachutes" for Time Warner's top executives.

Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) opposes the deal: "I'm against this deal. I believe this deal will result in fewer choices, higher prices and even worse service for my constituents."

Congress wants the Federal Communications Commission to review the merger. The fate of the deal lies with them.

TheStreet Ratings team rates TIME WARNER CABLE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TIME WARNER CABLE INC (TWC) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 46.42% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, TWC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 4.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,599.00 million or 13.40% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -11.65%.
  • The gross profit margin for TIME WARNER CABLE INC is rather high; currently it is at 53.77%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.68% trails the industry average.
  • TIME WARNER CABLE INC has improved earnings per share by 12.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TIME WARNER CABLE INC reported lower earnings of $6.71 versus $6.91 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.65 versus $6.71).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: TWC Ratings Report
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