6. Virgin Media ( VMED) provides entertainment and communications services in the U.K.
Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report 14 cents loss per share for 2010 fourth quarter, compared to 29 cents per share reported in the year-ago period. For full year, analysts foresee the company reporting loss per share of 71 cents for 2010, in comparison to $1.02 loss per share reported for 2009. Heading into 2011, earnings per share are seen at 35 cents and at $1.29 for 2012. Over the past one year, the stock surged around 74.8%, while Comcast ( CMCSA), Time Warner ( TWX) and Scripps Networks Interactive ( SNI) reported gains of 54%, 33% and 68%, respectively. Of the 22 analysts covering Virgin Media, 16 recommend buying, 4 rate holding and 2 suggest selling. The stock's average price target, based on analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, is $31.3, up 23% from current level.