If you're aiming to buy low and sell high, then it makes infinite sense to start your search with bargain-priced stocks. Regularly reviewing a list of stocks trading near their 52-week lows can be a great first step.

In this series, I do the initial legwork for you. To prevent us from being inundated with scores of disparate companies, I conduct my search by industry. This allows us to make some initial comparisons among semi-related companies.

Today, let's look at the cable and satellite space. Following are the seven cable and satellite stocks that are within 20% of their 52-week lows and have market caps above $200 million.

Company

Recent Price

52-Week Low

52-Week High

P/E Ratio (Trailing)

Shaw Communications (NYSE: SJR) $20.13 $18.92 $23.24 19.6
Cablevision Systems (NYSE: CVC) $15.14 $14.45 $38.08 10.1
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) $62.48 $57.19 $80.86 14.4
AMC Networks (Nasdaq: AMCX) $33.49 $29.66 $44.21 19.8
DIRECTV (Nasdaq: DTV) $45.53 $39.12 $53.40 15.0
Knology (Nasdaq: KNOL) $14.23 $12.19 $16.13 26.8
Virgin Media (Nasdaq: VMED) $24.77 $20.87 $33.32 75.7

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Yahoo! FInance.

Note that Shaw Communications and Knology have both traded in tight ranges over the past year. However, the company with the lowest P/E ratio in the group, Cablevision Systems, is at less than half of its 52-week high. Shares that were already low plunged another 12.5% Friday after a rough earnings announcement, which followed an earnings miss by Time Warner Cable. However, beware -- our CAPS community rates Cablevision just one star out of five.

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