Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC): Today's Featured Services Laggard

Time Warner Cable ( TWC) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Time Warner Cable fell $1.53 (-1.4%) to $110.95 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,194,554 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,623,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $110.59-$114.71 after having opened the day at $112.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.48. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Document Security Systems ( DSS), down 18.7%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 12.9%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 10.9% and Spar Group ( SGRP), down 8.8%.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services to residential and business service customers over its broadband cable systems in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $31.5 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. 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 positive front, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 36.1%, Era Group ( ERA), up 25.3%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 18.8% and Dolan ( DM), up 14.7% , were all gainers within the services sector with Yum Brands ( YUM) being today's featured services sector leader.

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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