Liberty Global PLC (LBTYA): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Liberty Global ( LBTYA) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global fell $1.61 (-2.2%) to $72.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,882,019 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,488,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.33-$74.94 after having opened the day at $74.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.64. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: SmartPros ( SPRO), down 11.4%, General Employment ( JOB), down 11.1%, Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), down 8.8% and Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), down 8.1%.
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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 $10.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 expanding profit margins. 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, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 105.0%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 64.3%, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), down 62.7% and Frontline ( FRO), down 27.8% , were all gainers within the services sector with eBay ( EBAY) being today's featured services sector leader.

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