Liberty Global Inc. (LBTYK): Today's Featured Media Laggard

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Liberty Global ( LBTYK) pushed the Media industry lower today making it today's featured Media laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global fell $0.70 (-1.0%) to $69.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 649,367 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,034,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $68.96-$70.16 after having opened the day at $70.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.21. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 11.3%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 7.8%, Noah Education Holdings ( NED), down 7.4% and Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 7.2%.
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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 $7.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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 positive front, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 12.7%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCAD), down 12.2%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), down 12.2% and Inuvo ( INUV), down 8.2% , were all gainers within the media industry with Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI) 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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