The Media industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Laggards within the Media industry included Radio One ( ROIA), down 2.4%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 11.6%, Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 1.8%, Dex Media ( DXM), down 4.0% and Radio One ( ROIAK), down 3.9%.

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

Ku6 Media ( KUTV) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry lower today. Ku6 Media was down $0.01 (1.8%) to $0.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12,566 shares of Ku6 Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 194,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.77-$0.82 after having opened the day at $0.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.79.

Ku6 Media has a market cap of $38.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 21.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

At the close, NTN Buzztime ( NTN) was down $0.03 (11.6%) to $0.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 423,747 shares of NTN Buzztime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 130,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.19-$0.22 after having opened the day at $0.22 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 $21.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 48.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate NTN Buzztime a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

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 48.94%, 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

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

Radio One ( ROIA) was another company that pushed the Media industry lower today. Radio One was down $0.06 (2.4%) to $2.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,500 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.42-$2.44 after having opened the day at $2.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.50.

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 $5.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 52.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

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 has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 20.30% 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.
  • 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

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.