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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 1.6%. By the end of trading, Virgin Media rose $0.82 (1.7%) to $49.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,077,427 shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,848,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.68-$49.82 after having opened the day at $48.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.78. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 15.6%, Green Dot ( GDOT), up 13.4%, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 9.7% and Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), up 9.2%.
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Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 33.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Virgin Media a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Virgin Media as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Kforce ( KFRC), down 17.3%, Universal Technical Institute ( UTI), down 15.2%, Hudson Global ( HSON), down 13.3% and Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 11.0% , were all laggards within the services sector with Delta Air Lines ( DAL) 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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