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 down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global fell $1.85 (-2.2%) to $81.42 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,360,734 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,545,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.97-$82.36 after having opened the day at $80.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.27. Other companies within the Media industry that declined today were: Dolan ( DM), down 16.2%, Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 10.1%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 9.9% and Value Line ( VALU), down 9.7%.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.4% 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, Millennial Media ( MM), up 9.7%, Point.360 ( PTSX), up 8.0%, Radio One ( ROIAK), up 4.7% and Cablevision Systems ( CVC), up 4.0% , were all gainers within the media industry with Charter Communications ( 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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