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Liberty Media Corporation (LMCA): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Liberty Media Corporation (LMCA) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Liberty Media Corporation rose $11.18 (10.2%) to $121.01 on light volume. Throughout the day, 272,937 shares of Liberty Media Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 391,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $119.94-$123.07 after having opened the day at $121.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.83. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: DS Torm (TRMD), up 61.9%, Ctrip.com International (CTRP), up 25.8%, Barnes & Noble (BKS), up 24.4% and Sport Chalet (SPCHA), up 24.1%.

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Liberty Media Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in media, communications, and entertainment businesses primarily in North America. Liberty Media Corporation has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Liberty Media Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Media Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, LivePerson (LPSN), down 36.3%, Pizza Inn Holdings (PZZI), down 32.9%, ChinaNet Online Holdings (CNET), down 13.4% and Lentuo International (LAS), down 11.1% , were all laggards within the services sector with Whole Foods Market (WFM) being today's services sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services (IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers (SCC).

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