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

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Liberty Global ( LBTYA) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global rose $0.92 (1.2%) to $76.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,972,457 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,597,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.16-$76.22 after having opened the day at $75.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.13. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCAD), up 13.7%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 13.7%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 11.1% and Tiger Media ( IDI), up 6.8%.
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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 $10.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Liberty Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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 compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ( PRIS), down 17.8%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 8.7%, Harte-Hanks ( HHS), down 3.4% and Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 2.8% , were all laggards within the media industry with Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV) being today's media industry laggard.

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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