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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 47.51 points (-0.3%) at 17,551 as of Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,368 issues advancing vs. 1,676 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Media industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Media industry included Gray Television ( GTN.A), up 4.1%, Educational Development ( EDUC), up 4.0%, RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE), up 2.5%, Value Line ( VALU), up 10.9% and ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 5.2%.

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

ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry higher today. ChinaNet Online Holdings was up $0.05 (5.2%) to $0.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 20,936 shares of ChinaNet Online Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 178,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.87-$0.95 after having opened the day at $0.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.89.

ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides business-to-businesses Internet technology services in the People's Republic of China. ChinaNet Online Holdings has a market cap of $27.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate ChinaNet Online Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates ChinaNet Online Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNET go as follows:

  • CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS reported poor results of -$0.61 versus -$0.01 in the prior year.
  • 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 167.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.67 million to -$1.79 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, CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS is rather low; currently it is at 15.42%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -30.57% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.33 million or 72.31% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: ChinaNet Online Holdings Ratings Report

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At the close, Value Line ( VALU) was up $1.50 (10.9%) to $15.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 802 shares of Value Line exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.20-$15.25 after having opened the day at $14.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.75.

Value Line, Inc. produces and sells investment related periodical publications primarily in the United States. Value Line has a market cap of $133.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VALU go as follows:

  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, VALUE LINE INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • 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 0.65, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • VALUE LINE INC's earnings per share declined by 35.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, VALUE LINE INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.74 versus $0.69 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.02 million or 101.64% 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 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 34.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.68 million to $1.10 million.

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

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RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE) was another company that pushed the Media industry higher today. RLJ Entertainment was up $0.01 (2.5%) to $0.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,944 shares of RLJ Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 74,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.41-$0.45 after having opened the day at $0.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.40.

RLJ Entertainment, Inc., an entertainment company, acquires content rights in British episodic mystery and drama, urban programming, and full-length motion pictures in the United States, United Kingdom, and internationally. RLJ Entertainment has a market cap of $5.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 79.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate RLJ Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates RLJ Entertainment as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RLJE go as follows:

  • Although RLJE's debt-to-equity ratio of 3.15 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC is rather low; currently it is at 22.59%. Regardless of RLJE's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RLJE's net profit margin of -40.70% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Looking at the price performance of RLJE's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 88.55%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier 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 change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Media industry average. The net income has decreased by 5.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$10.07 million to -$10.63 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: RLJ Entertainment Ratings Report

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