Media General Inc. (NYSE:MEG) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday.

According to Zacks, “Media General, Inc. operates as a television broadcasting and digital media company. The Company offers consumers and advertisers with entertainment and information, content and distribution on every screen. It has the diverse digital media business with a portfolio that includes LIN Digital, LIN Mobile, HYFN, Dedicated Media, Federated Media and BiteSizeTV. The company’s broadcast operations include network-affiliated television stations and their associated digital and mobile media services. Media General, Inc. is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. “

Analyst Recommendations for Media General (NYSE:MEG)

Shares of Media General (NYSE:MEG) opened at 18.45 on Friday. Media General has a 1-year low of $14.00 and a 1-year high of $18.65. The company has a 50-day moving average of $17.98 and a 200-day moving average of $17.53. The firm’s market cap is $2.39 billion.

Media General (NYSE:MEG) last posted its earnings results on Friday, August 5th. The company reported $0.14 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $363 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $365.85 million. Media General had a positive return on equity of 3.48% and a negative net margin of 3.50%. Media General’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.01 EPS. Analysts predict that Media General will post $0.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Media General news, VP Deborah A. Mcdermott sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.90, for a total value of $71,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 4,545 shares in the company, valued at $81,355.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. 16.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Media General by 10.1% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 6,818,694 shares of the company’s stock worth $117,213,000 after buying an additional 624,069 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in shares of Media General by 16.4% in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 4,981,967 shares of the company’s stock worth $81,256,000 after buying an additional 701,444 shares in the last quarter. CNH Partners LLC boosted its stake in shares of Media General by 7.4% in the second quarter. CNH Partners LLC now owns 3,104,515 shares of the company’s stock worth $53,367,000 after buying an additional 213,880 shares in the last quarter. Coastland Capital LLC boosted its stake in shares of Media General by 3,265.9% in the first quarter. Coastland Capital LLC now owns 2,749,307 shares of the company’s stock worth $44,841,000 after buying an additional 2,667,625 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Fund Advisors boosted its stake in shares of Media General by 17.0% in the second quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 2,636,745 shares of the company’s stock worth $45,326,000 after buying an additional 382,311 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 93.62% of the company’s stock.

About Media General

Media General, Inc is a television broadcasting and digital media company. The Company provides news, information and entertainment in markets across the United States. The Company operates or services 71 network-affiliated broadcast television stations in 48 markets along with the digital media business.

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