Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc (DWA): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Dreamworks Animation SKG ( DWA) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Dreamworks Animation SKG fell $0.39 (-1.6%) to $24.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 631,868 shares of Dreamworks Animation SKG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,208,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.01-$24.53 after having opened the day at $24.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.53. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Point 360 ( PTSX), down 17.7%, Tiger Media ( IDI), down 4.5%, Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 4.5% and AMC Entertainment Holdings ( AMC), down 3.6%.

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. is engaged in the development, production, and exploitation of animated films and their associated characters worldwide. The company opertaes through three segments: Feature Films, Television Series and Specials, and Consumer Products. Dreamworks Animation SKG has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 30.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Dreamworks Animation SKG a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dreamworks Animation SKG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, RealD ( RLD), up 7.1%, Gray Television ( GTN), up 4.8%, Bona Film Group ( BONA), up 4.7% and Discovery Communications ( DISCB), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the media industry with Walt Disney ( DIS) being today's featured media industry leader.

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