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The Media industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Laggards within the Media industry included Discovery Communications ( DISCB), down 5.9%, Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), down 3.4%, Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 6.9%, Value Line ( VALU), down 6.3% and CVSL ( CVSL), down 4.8%.

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

Value Line ( VALU) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry lower today. Value Line was down $0.96 (6.3%) to $14.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,033 shares of Value Line exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.29-$15.25 after having opened the day at $15.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.25.

Value Line, Inc. produces and sells investment related periodical publications primarily in the United States. Value Line has a market cap of $134.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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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At the close, Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI) was down $0.15 (3.4%) to $4.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 600 shares of Beasley Broadcast Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.21-$4.35 after having opened the day at $4.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.36.

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., a radio broadcasting company, operates radio stations in the United States. As of March 11, 2015, the company owned and operated 53 stations, including 33 FM stations and 20 AM stations located in 12 large- and mid-size markets in the United States. Beasley Broadcast Group has a market cap of $28.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Beasley Broadcast Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BBGI go as follows:

  • BBGI's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 87.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.74, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, BBGI has a quick ratio of 2.44, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP INC 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, BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.06 versus $0.02 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $1.56 million or 62.88% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • BBGI'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 30.91%, 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. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Beasley Broadcast Group Ratings Report

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Discovery Communications ( DISCB) was another company that pushed the Media industry lower today. Discovery Communications was down $1.95 (5.9%) to $31.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 150 shares of Discovery Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.33-$31.33 after having opened the day at $31.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.28.

Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a media company. The company operates through U.S. Networks; International Networks; and Education and Other segments. Discovery Communications has a market cap of $215.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, increase in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DISCB go as follows:

  • DISCB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Media industry average. The net income increased by 8.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $230.00 million to $250.00 million.
  • The gross profit margin for DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC is currently very high, coming in at 89.46%. 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, DISCB's net profit margin of 16.26% compares favorably to the industry average.

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

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