02.02.2009 11:45 AM
TV Stock Snapshot: In Search of the Floor

TV station group share prices continue to slide after a brief hesitation last week. Booting out the biggest gainer (SGA) and loser (YBTVA), TV group share prices fell roughly 10 percent from market open one week ago, when another 10 percent dip was recorded from the previous week.

Saga Communications (NYSE: SGA) posted a 291 percent increase in the wake of a 1-for-4 reverse stock split. The Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., group is predominately radio--91 stations--versus five full-power and four low-power TV stations. Young Broadcasting (OTC: YBTVA) in New York posted a hefty percentage dip primarily because its stock is trading for pennies. YBTVA was delisted by the NASDAQ last week.

Shares of News Corp. (NASDAQ: NWSA), parent of the Fox television properties, fell 9 percent week-over-week, but registered an 18 percent drop when the markets opened this morning after news of expected write-downs emerged. News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch last week said the global media empire intended to “manage down” staff numbers, according to the Brisbane Times. The company is freezing salaries at The Wall Street Journal, while five percent of the Fox Interactive Media workforce is in the crosshairs.

Deutsche Bank has warned that News Corp. earnings would be down as much as 22 percent this year. Pali Research analyst Rich Greenfield cut his rating on NWSA from buy to sell and his outlook share price from $12 to $5.50. He estimates TV profits for the empire will drop as much as 80 percent in fiscal 2009.

 
NAME Symbol    2/2 Open  1/26 Open % Ch MktCap(mil)
Saga Communications SGA $4.38 $1.12 291% $17.36
The McGraw-Hill MHP $21.55 $20.40 6% $7,079.40
Equity Media Holdings Corp. EMDAQ $0.01 $0.01 0% $0.28
Gray Television, Inc. GTN $0.33 $0.46 0% $18.75
ION Media Networks Inc. IION $3.00 $3.00 0% $205.60
General Electric Co. GE $12.03 $12.48 -4% $121,227.10
Shaw Communications SJR $16.00 $16.81 -5% $6,886.47
The Walt Disney Co. DIS $20.08 $21.08 -5% $37,206.17
The Washington Post Co. WPO $386.00 $405.25 -5% $3,689.80
Entravision Communication EVC $0.82 $0.77 -6% $66.87
Hearst-Argyle Television HTV $3.96 $4.22 -6% $372.99
Journal Communications JRN $1.80 $1.96 -8% $96.44
Meredith Corp. MDP $15.95 $17.41 -8% $736.76
News Corp. NWSA $6.16 $6.75 -9% $17,014.25
CBS Corp. CBS.A $5.63 $6.29 -10% $3,839.67
CBS Corp. CBS $5.67 $6.25 -10% $3,818.16
Gray Television, Inc. GTN.A $1.08 $1.22 -11% $16.05
Nexstar Broadcasting Group NXST $0.85 $0.75 -12% $24.16
The E.W. Scripps Co. SSP $1.53 $1.73 -12% $86.65
Fisher Communications FSCI $15.71 $17.98 -13% $131.03
Gannett Co., Inc. GCI $5.83 $6.73 -13% $1,197.61
Sinclair Broadcast Group SBGI $1.82 $2.10 -13% $150.86
ACME Communications ACME $0.24 $0.30 -20% $3.85
Belo Corp. BLC $1.41 $1.80 -22% $152.28
Media General, Inc. MEG $1.98 $2.53 -22% $47.14
Grupo Televisa, S.A. (ADR) TV $13.80 $14.88 -28% $7,879.26
LIN TV Corp. TVL $0.70 $1.04 -33% $35.96
Young Broadcasting YBTVA $0.03 $0.05 -40% $0.59



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