Virgin Media Inc (VMED): Today's Featured Media Loser

Virgin Media ( VMED) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Virgin Media fell 42 cents (-1.7%) to $24.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.69-$25.29 after having opened the day at $25.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.30. Other company's within the Media industry that declined today were: Harte-Hanks ( HHS), down 16.1%, Lee ( LEE), down 8.4%, SearchMedia Holdings ( IDI), down 7.5%, and Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ADR ( PRIS), down 6.5%.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $6.87 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five 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, Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), up 24.3%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 14.5%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), up 12.8%, and Media General ( MEG), up 12.3%, were all gainers within the media industry with News ( NWS) 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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