Liberty Global Inc. (LBTYA): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Liberty Global ( LBTYA) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global rose $0.96 (1.3%) to $73.61 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,763,661 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,212,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.07-$74.04 after having opened the day at $72.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.65. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 22.0%, Constant Contact ( CTCT), up 15.7%, Websense ( WBSN), up 15.3% and J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 11.6%.
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Liberty Global, Inc. provides video, broadband Internet, and telephony services to residential and business customers primarily in Europe and Chile. The company operates in three segments: UPC/Unity Division, Telenet, and VTR Group. Liberty Global has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 17.5%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 11.4%, ITT Educational Services ( ESI), down 11.3% and Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 10.3% , were all laggards within the services sector with Interpublic Group of Cos ( IPG) being today's services sector laggard.

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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