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

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Liberty Global ( LBTYA) pushed the Media industry higher today making it today's featured media winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Liberty Global rose $1.27 (1.6%) to $82.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,835,625 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,924,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $81.72-$83.52 after having opened the day at $81.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.60. Other companies within the Media industry that increased today were: NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 6.4%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 5.5%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 3.8% and Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), up 3.6%.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.6% 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation ( LGF), down 10.5%, Rocket Fuel ( FUEL), down 6.2%, Pandora Media ( P), down 4.3% and YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the media industry with Omnicom Group ( OMC) being today's media industry laggard.

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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