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The Media industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Media industry included Radio One ( ROIA), down 14.5%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 7.9%, Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), down 3.9%, Saga Communications ( SGA), down 3.7% and VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 1.6%.

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

Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry lower today. Beasley Broadcast Group was down $0.20 (3.9%) to $4.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,893 shares of Beasley Broadcast Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.95-$5.19 after having opened the day at $5.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.15.

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., a radio broadcasting company, is engaged in operating radio stations in the United States. Beasley Broadcast Group has a market cap of $34.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 39.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Beasley Broadcast Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BBGI go as follows:

  • 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 28.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $2.36 million to $3.02 million.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.07, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Media industry. Despite the fact that BBGI's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.00 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • BBGI's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 39.11%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $2.75 million or 20.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Beasley Broadcast Group Ratings Report

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At the close, NTN Buzztime ( NTN) was down $0.03 (7.9%) to $0.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 136,971 shares of NTN Buzztime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.33-$0.39 after having opened the day at $0.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.38.

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 $32.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 44.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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

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Radio One ( ROIA) was another company that pushed the Media industry lower today. Radio One was down $0.38 (14.5%) to $2.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,107 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.23-$2.23 after having opened the day at $2.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.61.

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 $6.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 31.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radio One as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ROIA go as follows:

  • 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, RADIO ONE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 19.00 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 2.63, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • ROIA has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 8.75% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Media industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 23.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$14.21 million to -$10.82 million.
  • ROIA, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.6%. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Radio One Ratings Report

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