3 Stocks Pushing The Media Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 29 points (0.2%) at 17,012 as of Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,550 issues advancing vs. 1,408 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Media industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Liberty Global ( LBTYK) is one of the companies pushing the Media industry lower today. As of noon trading, Liberty Global is down $0.37 (-0.9%) to $40.45 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.41-$41.21 after having opened the day at $41.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.82.

Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile services in Europe, Chile, Puerto Rico, and internationally. Liberty Global has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is down $0.58 (-0.7%) to $86.57 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.16-$87.30 after having opened the day at $87.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.15.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. Walt Disney has a market cap of $149.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is down $0.86 (-1.0%) to $84.38 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.90-$85.39 after having opened the day at $85.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.24.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Turner, Home Box Office, Warner Bros., and Time Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $75.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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