With the FCC denying to award Dish Network affiliated small companies more than $3 billion in discounts, we decided to check TheStreet Quant Ratings to see if there are any stocks in the cable and satellite sub-sector that would be good investments. As small businesses, those companies are entitled to a discount according to FCC regulations. Since Dish is not a small business and owns 85% of each of the companies - 85% of the benefit from the discount would go to Dish - which is far from a small business. The FCC sees this as a large company trying to bend the rules to benefit from the small-business-discount. Here are some of the best cable and satellite stocks our algorithm says you should consider looking at. Number 3 is AMC Networks. With a 'B' rating, the company's strengths can be seen in its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. 2nd is Time Warner Cable. This rating is a 'B+.' Time Warner thrives in its solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. Number 1 is Comcast Corporation. With an 'A+' rating, the company flourishes in its revenue growth and increase in net income. TheStreet Ratings are algorithmic stock picks based on 32 major data points. S&P 500 stocks rated 'buy' yielded a 16-and-a-half-percent return in 2014, beating the S&P 500 Total Return Index by more than 300 basis points. For the full reports on these stocks, you can check out TheStreet.com/QuantRatings.
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