Financial Review on Services Stocks Monster Worldwide Inc. and Focus Media Holding - Advertising Agencies Wobble in Q3

Thu Nov 8, 2012 8:00am EST

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  NEW DELHI, INDIA, Nov 08 (Marketwire) -- 
The advertising agencies industry, within which companies such as Monster
Worldwide Inc. and Focus Media operate, turned in another mixed quarter
recently, as the macroeconomic climate continued to pose challenges.
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    3rd quarter earnings were lackluster for several industry players, as
revenues and earnings fell in year-over-year comparisons or gained
marginally. Shrinking operating margins worked against some companies, as
higher expenses ate into earnings. The uneven economic recovery in the
U.S. is also hurting the industry, as businesses continue to wait for a
full scale recovery before committing to large-scale advertising
campaigns. That being said, some companies have been seeing some
improvements on the domestic front. Access reports on Monster Worldwide
Inc. (NYSE: MWW) and Focus Media Holding Ltd. (NASDAQ: FMCN) at 

    For companies with operations overseas, there have also been some
hurdles. The Eurozone recovery continues to flounder, and the economies
in China and Brazil could also be a concern moving forward. Currency
fluctuations have also had a negative effect on select company earnings,
and could continue to do so moving forward. With the Chinese economy
showing some signs of weakness, it will be interesting to see how Focus
Media which owns thousands of LCD displays in 90 cities will be faring.
Our financial analysis on Focus Media can be accessed at 

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