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The Media industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Media industry included Radio One ( ROIA), down 2.6%, Educational Development ( EDUC), down 3.3%, Insignia Systems ( ISIG), down 4.1%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 1.7% and Reading International ( RDI), down 2.1%.

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

Carmike Cinemas ( CKEC) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry lower today. Carmike Cinemas was down $0.53 (1.6%) to $33.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 87,803 shares of Carmike Cinemas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 174,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.38-$34.38 after having opened the day at $33.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.95.

Carmike Cinemas, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a motion picture exhibitor in the United States. The company operates digital cinema and 3-D cinema theatres that show films on a first-run basis; and discount theatres primarily serving small to mid-size non-urban markets. Carmike Cinemas has a market cap of $793.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Carmike Cinemas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Carmike Cinemas as a buy. 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CKEC go as follows:

  • 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 7.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Despite the current debt-to-equity ratio of 1.84, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Media industry. Despite the fact that CKEC's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.56 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, CKEC's share price has jumped by 92.94%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $26.98 million or 3.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, CARMIKE CINEMAS INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 13.40%.
  • CARMIKE CINEMAS INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CARMIKE CINEMAS INC reported lower earnings of $0.25 versus $5.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.52 versus $0.25).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Carmike Cinemas Ratings Report

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At the close, VisionChina Media ( VISN) was down $0.29 (1.7%) to $16.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,748 shares of VisionChina Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.93-$16.70 after having opened the day at $16.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.71.

VisionChina Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides advertising services in the People's Republic of China. The company operates out-of-home advertising network using real-time mobile digital television broadcasts to deliver content and advertising on mass transportation systems. VisionChina Media has a market cap of $88.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 29.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates VisionChina Media as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VISN go as follows:

  • Although VISN's debt-to-equity ratio of 2.26 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average. To add to this, VISN has a quick ratio of 0.68, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for VISIONCHINA MEDIA INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 3.85%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VISN's net profit margin of -33.83% significantly underperformed when compared to 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, VISIONCHINA MEDIA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • VISIONCHINA MEDIA INC has improved earnings per share by 48.8% 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, VISIONCHINA MEDIA INC continued to lose money by earning -$4.72 versus -$48.65 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Media industry average. The net income increased by 48.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$14.55 million to -$7.46 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: VisionChina Media Ratings Report

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Radio One ( ROIA) was another company that pushed the Media industry lower today. Radio One was down $0.08 (2.6%) to $2.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,212 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.95-$2.96 after having opened the day at $2.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.03.

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 20.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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.

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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

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