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

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 1.1%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global rose $0.92 (1.2%) to $74.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,736,680 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,563,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.62-$74.49 after having opened the day at $74.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.49. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: Dolan ( DM), up 14.7%, Gray Television ( GTN.A), up 10.0%, Cablevision Systems ( CVC), up 9.6% and Harte-Hanks ( HHS), up 7.0%.

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 services sector. Shares are up 17.2% 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 negative front, Radio One ( ROIA), down 10.9%, Inuvo ( INUV), down 6.0%, Radio One ( ROIAK), down 5.6% and News Corporation ( NWSA), down 5.1% , were all laggards within the media industry with Comcast ( CMCSA) 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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