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Friday the 13th Freddy vs Jason, Comcast vs Viacom

Double dose of danger today out there people. First, it’s Friday the 13th! I don’t know why people freak out about that but it’s fun to talk about.

To celebrate, cable channel Syfy, owned by Comcast, is airing a Nightmare On Elm Street marathon. All day viewers will be horrified by the notorious Freddy Krueger, burnt face, sharp claws and dark Where’s Waldo style sweater. 

But that’s not the only cable channel seeking to grab your attention today. Spike TV has thrown down the gauntlet with its own Friday the 13th marathon. That’s right people, all the hockey mask wearing psychotic Momma’s boy slashing you can take. 

All day you’ll be able to flip back and forth between a creepy old guy and a fat a guy hiding behind a mask. If you flip fast enough, the images will melt together to form Gene Simmons. 

Who wins in a Freddy versus Jason fight? You’d think it’s Freddy because he can get you in your sleep, but look at how many tricky teens have pulled Freddy out of dreamland. I gotta go with Jason because he’s a madman that will kill you with anything he can get his hands on. He can get you with knives, throw you out of windows or slam you against trees. Little Freddy wouldn’t stand a chance. 

But who wins the battle of the parent companies? Comcast is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) but has a VGM score of A. The Cable TV industry, surprisingly is in the Top 6% of our Zacks Industry Rank. Viacom is a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) right now, in a Media Conglomerates industry that ranks in the Bottom 10% of our Zacks Industry Rank. So if you’re looking for a winner between the two, I’d have to say Comcast is the hands down winner here. 

Shares of Comcast have been trading sideways for the last month along with the rest of the market. We are near the top end of its trading range above $60. The 200 day moving average sits in the middle of that range and is virtually horizontal. That tells me this stock is range bound and will likely remain that way over the intermediate term.

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