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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 95.08 points (-0.5%) at 17,729 as of Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,265 issues advancing vs. 1,837 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Media industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.4%. Top gainers within the Media industry included Discovery Communications ( DISCB), up 1.6%, Educational Development ( EDUC), up 4.4%, Tiger Media ( IDI), up 8.5%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 5.1% and Crown Media Holdings ( CRWN), up 2.8%.

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

VisionChina Media ( VISN) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry higher today. VisionChina Media was up $0.48 (5.1%) to $9.87 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,035 shares of VisionChina Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.47-$9.87 after having opened the day at $9.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.39.

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 $46.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate VisionChina Media a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VISN go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for VISIONCHINA MEDIA INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.50%. Regardless of VISN's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VISN's net profit margin of -9.66% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Although VISN's debt-to-equity ratio of 6.28 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, VISN's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.26, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • VISN'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 60.32%, 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. 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 significantly underperformed compared to the Media industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 22.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$3.70 million to -$2.87 million.
  • 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.

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

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At the close, Tiger Media ( IDI) was up $0.09 (8.5%) to $1.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 36,110 shares of Tiger Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 68,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.10-$1.17 after having opened the day at $1.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.06.

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 $40.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, 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:

  • 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 46.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.54 million to -$0.79 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for TIGER MEDIA INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.99%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -89.30% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • 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 has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.57% 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.

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

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Discovery Communications ( DISCB) was another company that pushed the Media industry higher today. Discovery Communications was up $0.50 (1.6%) to $31.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 200 shares of Discovery Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.00-$31.00 after having opened the day at $31.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.50.

Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a media company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Networks, International Networks, and Education. Discovery Communications has a market cap of $199.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Discovery Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discovery Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DISCB go as follows:

  • DISCB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC has improved earnings per share by 17.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC reported lower earnings of $2.05 versus $2.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.03 versus $2.05).
  • The gross profit margin for DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC is currently very high, coming in at 89.99%. Regardless of DISCB's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 17.85% trails the industry average.

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

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