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January 05, 2012 at 07:00 AM EST
Tune Into These 9 Media Stocks
These companies are keeping their viewers and listeners engaged and their investors happy. Expect more where that came from.

Media stocks sway in sync with the rest of the market — when times are booming, media stocks tend to do well and vice versa. These iconic brands have not let squabbling sports owners deter them from gathering an audience for their programming. Nor have they let the firm grasp of the Internet in American households dissuade them from making original content.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, I’ve got nine media stocks to buy.

Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets an “A” or “B” according to my research, meaning it’s a strong buy or buy.

CBS (NYSE:CBS) is known best for its CBS Television Network. CBS stock has gained 41% in the last 12 months. It gets an “A” for operating margin growth, a “B” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month, a “B” for cash flow and a “B” for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of CBS stock.

Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) provides video, high-speed Internet and phone services to its customers. A 10% gain for CMCSA stock in the last 12 months has left shareholders pleased with their purchase. CMCSA gets an “A” for sales growth, a “B” for earnings momentum and a “B” for cash flow in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of CMCSA stock.

DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH) is a satellite-TV provider that has more than 14 million customers in the U.S. Since this time last year, DISH has gained 49%. Its stock gets an “A” for operating margin growth, a “B” for earnings growth, an “A” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of DISH stock.

DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) is a satellite-TV provider that operates across the U.S. In the last year, DTV has posted a gain of nearly 6%. DTV gets an “A” for operating margin growth, a “B” for earnings growth and a “B” for cash flow in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of DTV stock.

News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA) is an international media company led by Rupert Murdoch. NWSA has climbed 24% in the last 12 months. It  gets a “B” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month, a “B” for cash flow and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of NWSA stock.

Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) is a satellite-radio company that broadcasts music, sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather channels. SIRI stock is up 10% since last January. SIRI stock gets an “A” for operating margin growth, a “B” for earnings growth, an “A” for earnings momentum, an “A” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, an “A” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month, a “B” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of SIRI stock.

Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) is a major media company, known best for its magazines, CNN and HBO cable-TV networks and movie production business. TWX has climbed more than 12% in the last 12 months. It gets a “B” for operating margin growth, an “A” for earnings growth, a “B” for earnings momentum,  a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month and a “B” for cash flow in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of TWX stock.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) engages its customers through TV, motion pictures, Internet and mobile platforms. VIAB stock is up 15% in the last 12 months. It gets a “B” for sales growth, a “B” for earnings growth, a “B” for earnings momentum, an “A” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of VIAB stock.

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader tool, a 100% free stock rating tool that measures both quantitative buying pressure and eight fundamental factors.


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