Virgin Media ( VMED) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Virgin Media rose 16 cents (0.7%) to $24.61 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.15-$24.62 after having opened the day at $24.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.45. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Barnes & Noble ( BKS), up 51.7%, Books-A-Million ( BAMM), up 25.1%, Gen-Probe ( GPRO), up 18.7%, and Emmis Communications ( EMMS), up 18.3%. Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $7.38 billion and is part of the media industry. Currently there are five analysts that rate Virgin Media a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and one rates 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.
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