3 Stocks Moving The Media Industry Upward

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 17,039 as of Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,834 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Media industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Media industry included Radio One ( ROIA), up 1.7%, Gray Television ( GTN.A), up 2.3%, Discovery Communications ( DISCB), up 1.6%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 8.1% and Ku6 Media ( KUTV), up 23.0%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

NTN Buzztime ( NTN) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry higher today. NTN Buzztime was up $0.04 (8.1%) to $0.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,173 shares of NTN Buzztime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 73,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.45-$0.48 after having opened the day at $0.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.44.

NTN Buzztime, Inc. provides an entertainment and marketing services platform for hospitality venues that offer games, events, and entertainment experiences in the United States and Canada. NTN Buzztime has a market cap of $40.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 30.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate NTN Buzztime a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

TheStreet Ratings rates NTN Buzztime as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTN go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1261.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.10 million to -$1.35 million.
  • 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, NTN BUZZTIME INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.79 million or 1092.22% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for NTN BUZZTIME INC is rather high; currently it is at 67.02%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NTN's net profit margin of -19.61% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • NTN BUZZTIME INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, NTN BUZZTIME INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.01 versus -$0.02 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: NTN Buzztime Ratings Report

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

At the close, Discovery Communications ( DISCB) was up $0.71 (1.6%) to $46.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,989 shares of Discovery Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.00-$47.70 after having opened the day at $46.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.30.

Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a media company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Networks, International Networks, and Education. Discovery Communications has a market cap of $307.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 47.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Discovery Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discovery Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DISCB go as follows:

  • DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC has improved earnings per share by 32.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.97 versus $2.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($9.20 versus $2.97).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Media industry average. The net income increased by 26.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $300.00 million to $379.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 11.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Discovery Communications Ratings Report

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Radio One ( ROIA) was another company that pushed the Media industry higher today. Radio One was up $0.05 (1.7%) to $3.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,701 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.85-$3.03 after having opened the day at $3.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.98.

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 $6.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 21.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Radio One a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radio One as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ROIA go as follows:

  • Although ROIA's debt-to-equity ratio of 3.28 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength 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 68.71%. 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 -9.97% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • ROIA, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 11.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • RADIO ONE INC has improved earnings per share by 20.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past 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

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

More from Markets

Tesla Slumps After Mary McCormack Tweets Husband's Flaming Model S

Tesla Slumps After Mary McCormack Tweets Husband's Flaming Model S

Stocks Dive Globally as U.S.-China Trade War Intensifies

Stocks Dive Globally as U.S.-China Trade War Intensifies

China Trade War, Google, JD.com, Tesla, Brooks Koepka - 5 Things You Must Know

China Trade War, Google, JD.com, Tesla, Brooks Koepka - 5 Things You Must Know

Google Invests $550 Million in JD.com and 4 Other Stories to Watch Monday

Google Invests $550 Million in JD.com and 4 Other Stories to Watch Monday

Global Oil Prices Mixed as OPEC Production Talks, China Tariffs Weigh on Markets

Global Oil Prices Mixed as OPEC Production Talks, China Tariffs Weigh on Markets