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

Liberty Global Inc ( LBTYA) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global Inc fell 96 cents (-2.3%) to $40.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Liberty Global Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.18-$40.92 after having opened the day at $40.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.14. Other company's within the Media industry that declined today were: Noah Education Holdings ( NED), down 13.1%, Dex One ( DEXO), down 9.8%, Insignia Systems Inc ( ISIG), down 9.6%, and Central European Media ( CETV), down 9.1%.

Liberty Global, Inc. provides video, broadband Internet, and telephony services primarily in Europe, Chile, and Australia. Liberty Global Inc has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.2, above the average media industry P/E ratio of 38 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has not been very careful in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, SearchMedia Holdings ( IDI), up 15.2%, ChinaNet Online Holdings Inc ( CNET), up 10.3%, Seven Arts Entertainment Inc ( SAPX), up 5.2%, and China Mass Media ( CMM), up 4.3%, were all gainers within the media industry with Time Warner Cable Inc ( TWC) being today's featured media industry winner.

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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