Virgin Media Inc (VMED): Today's Featured Services Winner

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.

On the negative front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 17.8%, China Yida ( CNYD), down 14.2%, Point.360 ( PTSX), down 12.9%, and ATA ( ATAI), down 9.5%, were all losers within the services sector with CVS Caremark ( CVS) being today's services sector loser.

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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