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Liberty Global Inc. (LBTYA): Today's Featured Media Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Liberty Global (LBTYA) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Liberty Global fell $1.04 (-1.8%) to $56.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.88-$57.58 after having opened the day at $57.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.08. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (LNET), down 25%, Point.360 (PTSX), down 17.1%, Spanish Broadcasting System (SBSA), down 10%, and Radio One (ROIA), down 8.4%.

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Liberty Global, Inc. provides video, broadband Internet, and telephony services primarily in Europe and Chile. Liberty Global has a market cap of $8.27 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 39.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Liberty Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), up 10.5%, Entravision Communications Corporation (EVC), up 10.3%, KIT Digital (KITD), up 9.4%, and Dolan (DM), up 8.9%, were all gainers within the media industry with McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated (MHP) being today's featured media industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the media industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Media (PBS) while those bearish on the media industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services (SCC).

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