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The Media industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Media industry included Radio One ( ROIA), down 3.2%, RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE), down 2.0%, Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), down 4.7%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 2.0% and Inuvo ( INUV), down 6.7%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry lower today. Beasley Broadcast Group was down $0.32 (4.7%) to $6.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,332 shares of Beasley Broadcast Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.39-$6.96 after having opened the day at $6.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.82.

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., a radio broadcasting company, is engaged in operating radio stations in the United States. Beasley Broadcast Group has a market cap of $45.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 19.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Beasley Broadcast Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BBGI go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $4.21 million or 7.11% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 6.14%.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.11, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Media industry. Despite the fact that BBGI's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.27 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.39%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.82% trails that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Beasley Broadcast Group Ratings Report

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At the close, RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE) was down $0.08 (2.0%) to $3.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,001 shares of RLJ Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.81-$3.84 after having opened the day at $3.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.89.

RLJ Entertainment, Inc., an entertainment company, acquires content rights in British episodic mystery and drama, urban programming, and full-length motion pictures. It operates through three segments: Intellectual Property Licensing, Wholesale, and Direct-to-Consumer. RLJ Entertainment has a market cap of $52.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 20.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates RLJ Entertainment as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RLJE go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC is rather low; currently it is at 23.47%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.59% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • RLJE has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 6.24% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC has improved earnings per share by 44.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC reported poor results of -$2.30 versus -$0.49 in the prior year.
  • RLJE, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 14.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: RLJ Entertainment Ratings Report

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Radio One ( ROIA) was another company that pushed the Media industry lower today. Radio One was down $0.14 (3.2%) to $4.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 601 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.24-$4.41 after having opened the day at $4.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.38.

Radio One, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an urban-oriented multi-media company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Radio Broadcasting, Reach Media, Internet, and Cable Television. Radio One has a market cap of $10.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radio One as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ROIA go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 39.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$18.11 million to -$25.18 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 15.39 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, RADIO ONE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for RADIO ONE INC is rather high; currently it is at 68.20%. Regardless of ROIA's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ROIA's net profit margin of -22.67% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • RADIO ONE INC's earnings per share declined by 39.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RADIO ONE INC continued to lose money by earning -$1.30 versus -$1.33 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Radio One Ratings Report

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