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 down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global rose $1.38 (1.6%) to $89.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,268,901 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,668,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $88.47-$90.19 after having opened the day at $88.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.60. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Watsco ( WSO.B), up 22.8%, LightInTheBox ( LITB), up 20.4%, Taomee Holdings ( TAOM), up 18.3% and Pandora Media ( P), up 14.1%.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 0.5% 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, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 12.1%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 10.0%, Ruby Tuesday ( RT), down 9.0% and Office Depot ( ODP), down 8.0% , were all laggards within the services sector with Lowe's Companies ( LOW) 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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