Time Warner Inc (TWX): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Time Warner ( TWX) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Time Warner rose $1.17 (1.8%) to $66.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,942,647 shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,073,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.33-$66.64 after having opened the day at $65.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.29. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 34.0%, LoJack Corporation ( LOJN), up 22.5%, Watsco ( WSO.B), up 22.4% and Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 19.0%.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. The Networks segment consists of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Home Box Office, Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $58.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 32.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Learning Tree International ( LTRE), down 12.7%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 8.5%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 6.5% and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 6.5% , were all laggards within the services sector with Chico's FAS ( CHS) 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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