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

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Liberty Global ( LBTYA) 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 $2.07 (-2.6%) to $78.92 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,491,030 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,813,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $77.48-$81.25 after having opened the day at $81.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.99. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Monster Worldwide ( MWW), down 9.3%, Dolan ( DM), down 4.2%, Salem Communications Corporation Class A ( SALM), down 4.0% and Noah Education Holdings ( NED), down 3.8%.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 28.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 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, expanding profit margins, compelling growth in net income 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 positive front, Entravision Communications Corporation ( EVC), up 17.7%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 9.8%, Viacom Incorporated Class A ( VIA), up 6.5% and Emmis Communications ( EMMS), up 6.0% , were all gainers within the media industry with Charter Communications Inc Class A ( CHTR) 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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