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The US kicked, screamed and held its breath, but it can't stop the AIIB. What's that mean for these Asian stocks?

The urban population of the ASEAN nations—the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia—is expected to double over the next five years. Unfortunately, the region's infrastructure isn't even remotely ready for that kind of population pressure, and the current rate of spending doesn't match the dire need for improvement. The 1997 Asian economic crisis gutted local governments' budgets, so that in the Philippines, investment in infrastructure in some years is half of what it was before the crisis. 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimated in 2009 that the continent would need $8 trillion of investment in infrastructure by 2020. China has apparently concluded that existing institutions—the IMF, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank itself—aren't up to the task. 

Enter the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Sounds innocent enough: there's a clear need, a straightforward if costly solution and a global superpower conveniently willing to lead the charge. As it turns out, the world's other superpower is having none of it. The US has raised vague concerns over transparency and governance, which are not unreasonable qualms to have with anything China runs. 

But the real reason the US opposes the bank is that it provides a counter to Washington's pet global financiers, the World Bank and IMF—and indirectly the ADB, which is based in Manila but always run by a Japanese president. Just as these have in the past been arms of American influence and foreign policy, the AIIB will almost certainly reflect China's interests. 

The US has botched its response to this challenge, according to many. The Economist has accused it of pursuing a "containment" policy that is no more likely to work than previous attempts. The charge seems reasonable enough in light of Washington's recent "pivot" towards the Asian Pacific region, including its proposed, conspicuously China-less, Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Issues of right and wrong aside, America's hostility towards the AIIB has proved ineffective and downright embarrassing. Staunch NATO allies have signed up, beginning with Britain and then spreading to Italy, France and Germany. Attention then turned to South Korea, an aspiring middle power that increasingly feels like the monkey in the middle when it comes to US-China power plays. 

Seoul signed on Thursday morning. 

The presence of so many democracies and developed economies in the AIIB should alleviate Washington's stated concerns, as should the fact that China has given up veto power in the bank's decision making. But now that the political points have been scored, the question remains: will the AIIB do any practical, tangible good? Its initial capital is just $50 billion, a third that of the ADB. 

So was it all just diplomatic theater? These Asian insfrastructure stocks hope not. We ran a screen for small- to large-cap companies in the Asian basic materials sector. If the AIIB's investment ends up spurring real improvements in Asia's infrastructure, these companies could be the first to benefit.

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1. Aluminum Corporation Of China Limited (ACH, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 1. Aluminum Corporation Of China Limited (ACH): Engages in the manufacture and distribution of alumina, primary aluminum, and aluminum fabrication products in the People's Republic of China and internationally. Market cap at $11.46B, most recent closing price at $11.61.

 

 

2. CNOOC Ltd. (CEO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 2. CNOOC Ltd. (CEO): Engages in the exploration, development, production, and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and other petroleum products. Market cap at $59.86B, most recent closing price at $134.87.

 

 

3. POSCO (PKX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 3. POSCO (PKX): Engages in the manufacture and sale of steel products in South Korea and internationally. Market cap at $19.87B, most recent closing price at $57.78.

 

 

4. Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (SHI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 4. Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (SHI): Engages in the production of polypropylene compound products, polypropylene products, acrylic fiber products, petrochemical products, synthetic fibers, resins and plastics, and petroleum products in China and internationally. Market cap at $7.67B, most recent closing price at $33.05.

 

 

5. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SNP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 5. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SNP): Engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of crude oil and natural gas properties primarily in China. Market cap at $114.59B, most recent closing price at $77.02.

 

 

6. Sesa Sterlite Limited (SSLT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 6. Sesa Sterlite Limited (SSLT): Is primarily engaged in exploring, extracting, and processing minerals, and oil and gas. Market cap at $8.89B, most recent closing price at $12.52.

 

 

7. Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. Ltd. (YZC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 7. Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. Ltd. (YZC): Engages in the underground mining, preparation, and sale of coal. Market cap at $8.18B, most recent closing price at $7.79.

 

 

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The Supreme Court will rule on coal plants' air-polluting ways by the end of June. #teamEPA or #teamcoal?

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases that challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 regulation limiting mercury and toxic pollutant emissions from coal plants.

The coal plants argue that the EPA should have taken the high cost of compliance—a reported $9.6 billion—into consideration when it decided to regulate emissions, and failure to do so is a violation of the Clean Air Act's stipulation that regulations be "appropriate and necessary." 

The EPA, as The New York Times reports, claims the Clean Air Act only considers costs when emission standards are set, which happens at a later stage in the regulatory process. According to the agency, deciding whether or not to set limits for specific air pollutants is one of the earlier stages and doesn't require a cost-benefit analysis.

However, the EPA did include the regulation's potential benefits in its brief to the court, noting that it could prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths each year as well as "exceed their total costs by between $27 billion and $80 billion" annually.

The Supreme Court isn't expected to rule on the case until the end of June, but here's a list of companies that may fare the best if the regulation remains intact. These coal plant-operating utilities companies have more profitability than the industry average as indicated on the basis of three trailing twelve month (TTM) profitability margins: gross, operating and pretax.

Having higher gross margins than their respective industry averages shows that these companies are able to retain more money from each dollar generated in sales than many of their peers.  This means the firms have more money for paying off expenses and obligations, which could also include compliance costs. 

Additionally, each company has growing profits as illustrated by rising diluted normalize earnins per share (EPS) for the past three consecutive years. Investors should note that diluted normalized EPS is usually lower and more conservative than normalized EPS. 

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1. OGE Energy Corp. (OGE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as an energy and energy services provider that offers physical delivery and related services for electricity and natural gas primarily in the south central United States. Market cap at $6.35B, most recent closing price at $31.91.

TTM gross margin at 33.35% vs. industry average at 31.49%.

TTM operating margin at 21.88% vs. industry average at 20.37%.

TTM pretax margin at 23.18% vs. industry average at 14.93%.

Diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.5 to 1.74 during the first time interval (12 months ending 2011-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2010-12-31).

For the second time interval, diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.74 to 1.76 (12 months ending 2012-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2011-12-31).

And for the last time interval, the EPS increased from 1.76 to 1.94 (12 months ending 2013-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2012-12-31).

 

2. Southern Company (SO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a utility company that provides electric service in the southeastern United States. Market cap at $40.66B, most recent closing price at $44.52.

TTM gross margin at 34.95% vs. industry average at 31.49%.

TTM operating margin at 24.42% vs. industry average at 20.37%.

TTM pretax margin at 16.29% vs. industry average at 14.93%.

Diluted normalized EPS increased from 2.36 to 2.55 during the first time interval (12 months ending 2011-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2010-12-31).

For the second time interval, diluted normalized EPS increased from 2.55 to 2.66 (12 months ending 2012-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2011-12-31).

And for the last time interval, the EPS increased from 2.66 to 2.76 (12 months ending 2013-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2012-12-31).

 

3. Wisconsin Energy Corp. (WEC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the generation, distribution, and sale of electric energy and steam. Market cap at $11.22B, most recent closing price at $49.62.

Diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.37 to 2.17 during the first time interval (12 months ending 2011-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2010-12-31).

For the second time interval, diluted normalized EPS increased from 2.17 to 2.34 (12 months ending 2012-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2011-12-31).

And for the last time interval, the EPS increased from 2.34 to 2.51 (12 months ending 2013-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2012-12-31).

TTM gross margin at 30.38% vs. industry average at 26.61%.

TTM operating margin at 22.2% vs. industry average at 16.94%.

TTM pretax margin at 19.01% vs. industry average at 12.03%.

 

 

4. Westar Energy Inc. (WR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. Market cap at $5.07B, most recent closing price at $38.15.

TTM gross margin at 35.34% vs. industry average at 31.49%.

TTM operating margin at 24.33% vs. industry average at 20.37%.

TTM pretax margin at 18.2% vs. industry average at 14.93%.

Diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.8 to 1.93 during the first time interval (12 months ending 2011-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2010-12-31).

For the second time interval, diluted normalized EPS increased from 1.93 to 2.15 (12 months ending 2012-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2011-12-31).

And for the last time interval, the EPS increased from 2.15 to 2.27 (12 months ending 2013-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2012-12-31).

 

 

(List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. Monthly return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. EPS data sourced from Yahoo! Finance. Accounting data sourced from Google Finance. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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Nintendo's stock has shot up following the news that it will enter the mobile gaming market.

Nintendo’s (NTDOYannouncement on March 17 that it would enter the mobile market sent share prices as high as $22.15 before pulling back below $20 last week. Nintendo is partnering with DeNA, a large Japanese mobile games company, to produce apps for smartphones using Nintendo characters. Is the rebound in the company’s stock sustainable, or will Nintendo fall back to pre-rally lows?

Nintendo is not a fundamentally great company. In January, it revised its previous forecast by revising net sales down 6.8 percent and operating income down 50 percent. Due to the fall in the yen against the dollar, however, ordinary income was revised up by 42.9 percent and net income up by 50 percent. When Nintendo announced it would enter the smartphone market, expectations were high from investors the company would find sales growth again.

There are obstacles. The competition for making top smartphone apps is fierce. Companies achieve high downloads for different reasons, such as a freemium model or word of mouth. Glu Mobile (GLUU), for example, has demonstrated that it understands the mobile market: the firm spreads its risks by developing a host of games. Its initiative with Kim Kardashian is yielding positive results.

Mobile games sell at a lower price point than games for Wii U or 2DS/3DS. Nintendo will have to adjust to this market.

Console market still healthy

Sony’s (SNE) entry into the Chinese market proves how much room there still is for growth in consoles. As Bloomberg notes, the firm hopes to win over smartphone game players by introducing the PS4 in China.

Game makers like EA (EA) develop titles for smartphones. So far, sales are growing steadily and the stock is responding favorably:

Not too late

Nintendo’s move into the smartphone market is not a late one, because quality titles will always find demand. The mobile market is competitive, but there are so many apps created daily that the terrain is constantly shifting. Nintendo benefits from a recognizable brand name. The firm may even sell controllers or hardware add-ons alongside mobile games. By facilitating game play, Nintendo may boost both hardware accessory and game sales.

Written by Chris Lau.

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1. Electronic Arts Inc. (EA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software and content for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and electronic readers, hand held game players, and the Internet. Market cap at $17.97B, most recent closing price at $57.96.

 

 

2. Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, marketing, and sale of casual and traditional mobile games worldwide. Market cap at $520.67M, most recent closing price at $4.83.

 

 

3. Sony Corporation (SNE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Market cap at $32.13B, most recent closing price at $27.57.

 

 

(List compiled by Chris Lau. Monthly returns data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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The Oracle of Omaha has spoken. What lessons can investors take away from Warren Buffett's annual letter?

The reputation and performance of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/A) are nothing short of outstanding. The 50-year-old firm was worth $18.3 billion at the end of 2014. Over that period, its share prices increased 8.3 percent per year on average, or a total of 1,826,163 percent. So Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders definitely merits attention from investors, even if it comes a few weeks late. Here are four takeaways:

1. Stock prices and intrinsic value almost invariably converge

Buffett said there is a close relationship between book value and intrinsic value. He added that was more true of Berkshire Hathaway in its early days than it is today, but that’s a specific case. The takeaway is that if astute investors find a stock trading below its intrinsic value, the market will eventually recognize this value.

2. Insurance is profitable

Berkshire earned $24 billion over a twelve-year period from underwriting. In 2014, it worked with 3G to finance Burger King’s acquisition of Tim Hortons. Investors who still want exposure to Burger King may look at Restaurant Brands International (QSR).

Restaurant Brands International's stock peaked in early March at $44.67. At a forward P/E of 30.81, it is not likely that Buffett would want to own many of these shares:

3. Better to own a portion of a wonderful company

Berkshire prefers owning non-controlling positions in great companies instead of 100 percent stakes in mediocre ones. Its big four investments got bigger in 2014: the company bought more shares in American Express (AXP), Coca-Cola (KO), IBM (IBM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) last year. 

Berkshire’s top four holdings are big companies in terms of market capitalization. Buffett likes financial firms, with Wells Fargo’s market cap topping $284 billion. IBM’s size would have been bigger had the stock not fallen in 2014.

4. Berkshire’s big mistake

Buffett acknowledged the company’s mistake in holding Tesco. The firm was a big holding last year, and Berkshire spent $2.3 billion on its position. Buffett dawdled when Tesco’s management sold 114 million shares for a profit of just $43 million. By 2014, accounting issues surfaced, profitability shrunk, and the problems kept popping up. Buffett describes the situation in no uncertain terms: “you see a cockroach in your kitchen; as the days go by, you meet his relatives.”

Written by Chris Lau. â€‹

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1. American Express Company (AXP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. Market cap at $83.78B, most recent closing price at $82.20.

 

 

2. Bershire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Market cap at $358.58B, most recent closing price at $218646.00.

 

 

3. International Business Machines Corporation (IBM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Market cap at $162.72B, most recent closing price at $164.63.

 

 

4. Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Owns and operates quick service restaurants under the Burger King and Tim Hortons brand names. Market cap at $17.99B, most recent closing price at $38.51.

 

 

5. The Coca-Cola Company (KO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Distributes, and markets nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. Market cap at $177.45B, most recent closing price at $40.62.

 

 

6. Wells Fargo & Company (WFC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services primarily in the United States. Market cap at $287.02B, most recent closing price at $55.78.

 

(List compiled by Chris Lau. Monthly returns data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

 

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Investors are ditching the eurozone for regions with better returns (and greater risk). Latin America, anyone?

The eurozone isn't doing too well these days, and investors are over it. Despite the European Central Bank's implementation of negative deposit rates in June and the start of quantitative easing—which is supposed to encourage lending and spending—this month, the Wall Street Journal reports that more cash has left the eurozone for foreign investments than come in over the last nine months. According to the article,  €124.4 billion had flown out by the fourth quarter of 2014.

So where are investors heading, exactly? To the risky land of potentially better-than-middling returns, which includes Latin America. Reuters reports that almost every currency in the region gained against the dollar Monday morning due to greater interest from investors leaving the eurozone and the US.

This comes after the Mexican peso slid to its lowest level in six years earlier this month amid speculation of the US Federal Reserve's upcoming interest rate hike. The Brazilian real has also been suffering, down 16.5 percent year-to-date, although Reuters notes the morning's activity helped pare down the currency's losses against the dollar on the month to 10 percent.

Stocks also rallied initially, but as of 1:25PM EST, only Argentina's MerVal index, Mexico's IPC index and Venezuela's IBC index were still up, by 2.12 percent, 0.01 percent and 3.27 percent, respectively. Brazil's Ibovespa is down 0.22 percent, Peru's IGBVL is down 0.30 percent and Chile's IPSA is down 0.37 percent.

The move from eurozone to Latin America inspired the following screen. Below is a list of Latin American stocks that are more profitable than their peers as indicated by higher gross, operating and pretax margins on a trailing twelve month (TTM) basis.

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1. Cementos Pacasmayo SAA (CPAC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Produces, distributes, and sells cement and cement-related materials. Market cap at $853.28M, most recent closing price at $7.50.

TTM gross margin at 46.93% vs. industry average at 30.32%.

TTM operating margin at 23.58% vs. industry average at 13.22%.

TTM pretax margin at 21.43% vs. industry average at 6.46%.

The company is based in Peru.

 

2. Gruma S.A.B. de CV (GMK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the production, marketing, distribution, and sale of tortillas, corn flour, wheat flour, and related products. Market cap at $5.81B, most recent closing price at $53.72.

TTM gross margin at 35.95% vs. industry average at 31.27%.

TTM operating margin at 11.9% vs. industry average at 10.47%.

TTM pretax margin at 9.59% vs. industry average at 7.68%.

The company is based in Mexico.

 

3. Grana y Montero SAA (GRAM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the engineering and construction, infrastructure, real estate, and technical services businesses in Latin America. Market cap at $1.07B, most recent closing price at $8.20.

TTM gross margin at 16.98% vs. industry average at 13.16%.

TTM operating margin at 7.45% vs. industry average at 4.72%.

TTM pretax margin at 7.29% vs. industry average at 3.22%.

The company is based in Peru.

 

4. Telefonica Brasil S.A. (VIV, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and corporate customers in Brazil. Market cap at $16.20B, most recent closing price at $15.35.

TTM gross margin at 67.41% vs. industry average at 49.2%.

TTM operating margin at 29.73% vs. industry average at 13.69%.

TTM pretax margin at 13.58% vs. industry average at 9.02%. The company is based in Brazil.

 

5. YPF S.A. (YPF, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Argentina. Market cap at $15.89B, most recent closing price at $29.55.

TTM gross margin at 39.28% vs. industry average at 30.%.

TTM operating margin at 15.% vs. industry average at 10.01%.

TTM pretax margin at 22.37% vs. industry average at 7.78%.

The company is based in Argentina.

 

(List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. Monthly return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. Accounting data sourced from Google Finance. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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Ted Cruz kicked off the presidential election season today. How can investors cash in on the flood of spending?

Well, it's started. On Monday morning, in Lynchburg, Virginia, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election. Which means that, for the next 529 days, we're all going to be plunged into the cynical morass of flip-flopping, gaffe-making, over-promising, folksy-today-financy-tomorrow candidates. Get ready for hashtags, attack ads and unpleasant revelations about just how soulless the electorate and elected alike can be.

Short of retreating to a dark wood or windswept desert far away, there aren't many options for getting through election season mass hysteria. Investing, however, could be a useful coping mechanism. 

A bit of poor planning on Senator Cruz's part provides a good window on the business of the election cycle. He delivered his speech at Liberty University, which kindly forced its students to attend. This captive audience was predictably unenthused about the whole situation. Some wore Rand Paul t-shirts, a very visible slight to the gentleman from Texas. Others took to Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging app that allows users to send, view and up- or downvote messages within a ten-mile radius. The results were deliciously snarky.

The incident has led Jason O. Gilbert of Yahoo! Tech to predict that 2016 could be "the Yik Yak election." But it's still primary season, so Yik Yak's not the only contender. For The Washington Post's Hunter Schwartz, it will be the "Instagram election." PBS' Alex Kantrowitz has been predicting a "Twitter election" in 2016 since December 2012.

As for Politico's Dylan Byers, it's the "Meerkat election"—since Meerkat's just a Twitter plugin, though, chances are he'll end up as Kantrowitz's running mate. For BuzzFeed's Ben Smith, 2014 was the "Facebook election," but maybe 2016 can be a kind of better-than-the-original sequel. No one in the blogosphere has stepped up to label 2014 or 2016 the "Pandora election" (yet), but in all fairness, Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma did cough up $6,750 to advertise on the music streaming platform this one time.

The pattern is clear: social media will mattter more in this presidential election than it ever has. Even if increased ad spending doesn't produce the real, lasting benefits campaigners hope it will, the logic of the political arms race won't allow candidates to pull a McKinley and just sort of shout from their front porches. They have to spend, and that's good news for Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR) and perhaps Pandora (P)—since it worked for Representative Cole. 

That doesn't mean that candidates can disregard old media, though. In 2012, organizations supporting Romney spent $492 million on television ads while Obama supporters spent $404 million. That's good news for entertainment companies like Disney (DIS), Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) and CBS (CBS), which run the news sources American voters have said they trust the most.

And then there's really old school media: billboards. For those of us who know that some things never go obselete, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings (CCO) is a bet on the continued effectiveness of bombarding drivers with advertising.

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1. CBS Corporation (CBS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 1. CBS Corporation (CBS): Operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $31.53B, most recent closing price at $63.35.

 

 

2. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. (CCO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 2. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. (CCO): Operates advertising display faces worldwide. Market cap at $3.62B, most recent closing price at $10.06.

 

 

3. Comcast Corporation (CMCSA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 3. Comcast Corporation (CMCSA): Provides entertainment, information, and communications products and services in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $150.94B, most recent closing price at $59.45.

 

 

4. Facebook Inc. (FB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 4. Facebook Inc. (FB): Operates as a social networking company worldwide. Market cap at $234.56B, most recent closing price at $83.80.

 

 

5. Pandora Media Inc. (P, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 5. Pandora Media Inc. (P): Operates as an Internet radio company in the United States. Market cap at $3.42B, most recent closing price at $16.34.

 

 

6. Time Warner Inc. (TWX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 6. Time Warner Inc. (TWX): Operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $72.99B, most recent closing price at $87.89.

 

 

7. Twenty-first Century Fox Inc. (FOXA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 7. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (FOXA): Operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. Market cap at $74.33B, most recent closing price at $35.30.

 

 

8. Twitter Inc. (TWTR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 8. Twitter Inc. (TWTR): operates as a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Market cap at $31.38B, most recent closing price at $48.44.

 

 

9. The Walt Disney Company (DIS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 9. The Walt Disney Company (DIS): Operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Market cap at $184.28B, most recent closing price at $108.43.

 

 

(List compiled by David Floyd. Monthly returns data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.) 

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