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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 31.44 points (-0.2%) at 16,974 as of Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,337 issues advancing vs. 1,766 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Media industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Top gainers within the Media industry included Point 360 ( PTSX), up 9.7%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 7.3%, Tiger Media ( IDI), up 4.8%, Educational Development ( EDUC), up 3.9% and Value Line ( VALU), up 2.0%.

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

Value Line ( VALU) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry higher today. Value Line was up $0.32 (2.0%) to $16.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,185 shares of Value Line exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.60-$16.00 after having opened the day at $15.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.68.

Value Line, Inc. produces and sells investment related periodical publications primarily in the United States. Value Line has a market cap of $153.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 35.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Value Line a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Value Line as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VALU 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 40.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.45 million to $2.04 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 7.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • VALU has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Despite the fact that VALU's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.62, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 40.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 61.86% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • The gross profit margin for VALUE LINE INC is rather low; currently it is at 18.39%. Regardless of VALU's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VALU's net profit margin of 22.44% compares favorably to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Value Line Ratings Report

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At the close, Tiger Media ( IDI) was up $0.03 (4.8%) to $0.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,100 shares of Tiger Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.62-$0.65 after having opened the day at $0.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.62.

Tiger Media, Inc., a multi-platform media company, provides advertising services in the out-of-home advertising industry in the People's Republic of China. Tiger Media has a market cap of $21.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 58.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Tiger Media a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Tiger Media as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IDI go as follows:

  • TIGER MEDIA INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, TIGER MEDIA INC reported poor results of -$0.12 versus -$0.03 in the prior year.
  • IDI'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 64.94%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Media industry average. The net income increased by 1.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$0.88 million to -$0.86 million.
  • Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, TIGER MEDIA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • IDI has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.75, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

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

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NTN Buzztime ( NTN) was another company that pushed the Media industry higher today. NTN Buzztime was up $0.02 (7.3%) to $0.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 39,837 shares of NTN Buzztime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 51,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.34-$0.38 after having opened the day at $0.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.34.

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 46.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate NTN Buzztime a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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