3 Stocks Driving The Media Industry Higher

Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 17,581 as of Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,741 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Media industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Comcast ( CMCSA), down 1.0%, and Time Warner ( TWX), down 0.7%.

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

3. Lions Gate Entertainment ( LGF) is one of the companies pushing the Media industry higher today. As of noon trading, Lions Gate Entertainment is up $0.82 (2.5%) to $34.19 on average volume. Thus far, 557,134 shares of Lions Gate Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.23-$34.23 after having opened the day at $33.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.37.

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Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. engages in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, channel platforms, and international distribution and sales activities. Lions Gate Entertainment has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Lions Gate Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lions Gate Entertainment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lions Gate Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV) is up $0.20 (0.7%) to $28.20 on light volume. Thus far, 656,422 shares of Grupo Televisa SAB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.93-$28.43 after having opened the day at $28.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.99.

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Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. operates as a media company in the Spanish-speaking world. The company operates through four segments: Content, Sky, Telecommunications, and Other Businesses. Grupo Televisa SAB has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 17.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Grupo Televisa SAB a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Grupo Televisa SAB as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Grupo Televisa SAB Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Holdings ( SIRI) is up $0.04 (0.9%) to $4.04 on average volume. Thus far, 11.9 million shares of Sirius XM Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.00-$4.07 after having opened the day at $4.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.00.

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Sirius XM Holdings Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides satellite radio services in the United States. Sirius XM Holdings has a market cap of $21.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Sirius XM Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Sirius XM Holdings Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the media industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Media ( PBS) while those bearish on the media industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services ( SCC).

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