Virgin Media

(

VMED

) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Virgin Media fell 56 cents (-2.5%) to $21.79 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.55-$22.22 after having opened the day at $22.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.35. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were:

ChinaNet Online Holdings

(

CNET

), down 15.2%,

Westinghouse Solar

(

WEST

), down 14.4%,

Genetic Technologies

(

GENE

), down 11.3%, and

China Yida

(

CNYD

), down 10.8%.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $6.14 billion and is part of the

media

industry. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Virgin Media a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Virgin Media as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally poor debt management and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

School Specialty

(

SCHS

), up 23.5%,

Good Times Restaurants

(

GTIM

), up 22.5%,

Digital Domain Media Group

(

DDMG

), up 16.2%, and

Zale Corporation

(

ZLC

), up 13.3%, were all gainers within the services sector with

FedEx Corporation

(

FDX

) being today's featured services sector winner.

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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