3 Stocks Driving The Media Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 17,098 as of Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,137 issues advancing vs. 890 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Media industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Media industry included Ku6 Media ( KUTV), up 3.5%, Hemisphere Media Group ( HMTV), up 1.6%, Crown Media Holdings ( CRWN), up 2.1%, Salem Communications ( SALM), up 2.5% and Inuvo ( INUV), up 9.1%.

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

Salem Communications ( SALM) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry higher today. Salem Communications was up $0.20 (2.5%) to $8.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 70,436 shares of Salem Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.95-$8.35 after having opened the day at $8.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.09.

Salem Communications Corporation operates as a multi-media company in the United States. It operates through Radio Broadcast, Internet, and Publishing segments. Salem Communications has a market cap of $162.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Salem Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Salem Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SALM go as follows:

  • SALM's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.1%. 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.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • 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 75.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.20 million to $1.26 million.
  • The gross profit margin for SALEM COMMUNICATIONS CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.55%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.84% significantly trails the industry average.

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

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