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

Virgin Media ( VMED) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Virgin Media fell 16 cents (-0.6%) to $27.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 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 $27.67-$28 after having opened the day at $27.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.96. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), down 7.2%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 5.8%, Insignia Systems ( ISIG), down 3.2%, and Tudou Holdings ( TUDO), down 2.9%.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $7.51 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 30.8% 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 expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally poor debt management and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Radio One ( ROIA), up 11.1%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 9.3%, Lamar Advertising ( LAMR), up 9.2%, and Point.360 ( PTSX), up 8%, were all gainers within the media industry with Time Warner ( TWX) being today's featured media industry leader.

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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