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The Media industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Media industry included Radio One ( ROIA), down 2.0%, Liberty Global ( LBTYB), down 6.2%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 2.2%, Emmis Communications ( EMMS), down 5.4% and CVSL ( CVSL), down 2.6%.

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

Emmis Communications ( EMMS) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry lower today. Emmis Communications was down $0.07 (5.4%) to $1.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 84,233 shares of Emmis Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 69,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.20-$1.36 after having opened the day at $1.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.30.

Emmis Communications Corporation, a diversified media company, engages in radio broadcasting activities in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Radio, Publishing, and Corporate & Emerging Technologies. It operates 19 FM and 4 AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Emmis Communications has a market cap of $56.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 30.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Emmis Communications as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EMMS go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS CP is rather low; currently it is at 22.09%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.60% trails that of the industry average.
  • EMMS'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 44.24%, 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.
  • EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS CP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS CP swung to a loss, reporting -$2.33 versus $0.93 in the prior year.
  • EMMS, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income increased by 59.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.96 million to $1.53 million.

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

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At the close, NTN Buzztime ( NTN) was down $0.00 (2.2%) to $0.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 26,120 shares of NTN Buzztime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 127,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.22-$0.24 after having opened the day at $0.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.22.

NTN Buzztime, Inc. provides an entertainment and marketing services platform for hospitality venues that offer games, events, and entertainment experiences to their patrons in the United States and Canada. It offers Buzztime Entertainment On Demand platform. NTN Buzztime has a market cap of $22.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 48.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate NTN Buzztime a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTN go as follows:

  • NTN BUZZTIME INC 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NTN BUZZTIME INC reported poor results of -$0.06 versus -$0.01 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 33.3% in earnings (-$0.08 versus -$0.06).
  • 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 248.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.65 million to -$2.26 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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 57.70%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 100.00% compared to 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 gross profit margin for NTN BUZZTIME INC is rather high; currently it is at 63.87%. Regardless of NTN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NTN's net profit margin of -39.52% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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 $0.05 (2.0%) to $2.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 935 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.35-$2.42 after having opened the day at $2.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.45.

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 $5.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 49.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radio One 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, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ROIA go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 494.14 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.29, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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 $0.48 million or 56.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 41.30%, 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.
  • RADIO ONE INC has improved earnings per share by 26.4% 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, RADIO ONE INC reported poor results of -$1.32 versus -$1.30 in the prior year.

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

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