3 Stocks Dragging In The Media Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 68 points (-0.4%) at 17,105 as of Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,162 issues advancing vs. 1,797 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Media industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%.

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

3. Charter Communications ( CHTR) is one of the companies pushing the Media industry lower today. As of noon trading, Charter Communications is down $2.89 (-1.8%) to $158.26 on average volume. Thus far, 413,940 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 907,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $157.92-$161.24 after having opened the day at $160.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $161.15.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 17.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is down $1.96 (-1.3%) to $148.65 on average volume. Thus far, 607,364 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $148.40-$150.68 after having opened the day at $150.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $150.61.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $42.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is down $0.47 (-0.5%) to $88.82 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.58-$89.24 after having opened the day at $89.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.29.

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 $155.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.9% 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 7 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Walt Disney 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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