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

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Liberty Global ( LBTYA) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global rose $1.65 (2.1%) to $81.41 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,639,432 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,732,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.00-$81.58 after having opened the day at $80.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.76. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), up 20.0%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 17.2%, LightInTheBox Holding Co Ltd ADR ( LITB), up 16.4% and Versar ( VSR), up 12.2%.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 26.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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 negative front, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMGQ), down 22.7%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), down 22.7%, Zagg ( ZAGG), down 17.1% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 8.8% , were all laggards within the services sector with Best Buy ( BBY) being today's services sector laggard.

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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