Charter Communications Inc (CHTR): Today's Featured Media Winner

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Charter Communications ( CHTR) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Charter Communications rose $5.78 (4.9%) to $123.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,306,602 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,681,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $120.41-$125.07 after having opened the day at $120.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.83. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Radio One ( ROIA), up 8.0%, Radio One ( ROIAK), up 5.6%, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Class A ( WWE), up 5.3% and Gray Television ( GTN.A), up 5.3%.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front, YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 7.8%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 7.5%, Insignia Systems ( ISIG), down 5.6% and Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the media industry with CBS Corporation ( CBS) 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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