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 down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global fell $1.40 (-1.8%) to $74.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,644,361 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,808,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $74.77-$76.37 after having opened the day at $76.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.24. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 14.5%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 14.5%, CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), down 12.3% and YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), down 11.2%.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $16.9 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 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 25.9%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 14.1%, Lime Energy ( LIME), up 10.3% and Acorn International ( ATV), up 9.9% , were all gainers within the services sector with Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) 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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