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 up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global fell $1.33 (-1.5%) to $86.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,719,234 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,170,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $86.51-$88.19 after having opened the day at $87.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.89. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: National CineMedia ( NCMI), down 12.3%, United Online ( UNTD), down 12.1%, MDC Partners ( MDCA), down 11.6% and Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 11.1%.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 positive front, Strayer Education ( STRA), up 37.9%, Shutterstock ( SSTK), up 18.9%, LoJack Corporation ( LOJN), up 16.2% and Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 13.9% , were all gainers within the services sector with Gap ( GPS) 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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