Is Time Warner Cable a Buy at Current Prices?

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With shares of Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) trading around $108, is TWC an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Time Warner Cable is a provider of video, high-speed data, and voice services in the United States, with systems located in five geographic areas: New York, the Carolinas, Ohio, Southern California, and Texas. The company offers its residential and business services customers numerous services over its broadband cable systems. With such a large and growing user base, look for Time Warner Cable to continue to see rising profits from its media, entertainment, and communications offerings.

Time Warner Cable’s battle with CBS (NYSE:CBS) is now being mediated by the Federal Communications Commission. Three million Time Warner customers have not had access to CBS programming since August 2 as the two companies can’t seem to reach an agreement on retransmission fees. The FCC had previously been reluctant to intervene, but negotiations between the companies have deteriorated to the point that government intervention seems to be the only solution.

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