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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 47 points (0.3%) at 18,019 as of Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,931 issues advancing vs. 1,153 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Media industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Media industry included Discovery Communications ( DISCB), up 2.1%, Radio One ( ROIA), up 16.9%, John Wiley & Sons ( JW.B), up 1.5%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 14.3% and Hemisphere Media Group ( HMTV), up 1.8%.

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 $1.61 (14.3%) to $12.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 60,934 shares of VisionChina Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.38-$13.16 after having opened the day at $11.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.29.

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 $52.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Radio One ( ROIA) was up $0.40 (16.9%) to $2.77 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 26,325 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.25-$2.78 after having opened the day at $2.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.37.

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 $4.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 44.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Radio One a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $5.14 million or 70.74% 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 debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 25.19 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 2.66, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • ROIA'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 61.81%, 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 0.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$13.22 million to -$13.22 million.

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

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Discovery Communications ( DISCB) was another company that pushed the Media industry higher today. Discovery Communications was up $0.64 (2.1%) to $31.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 100 shares of Discovery Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.64-$31.64 after having opened the day at $31.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.00.

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 $202.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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