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

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Time Warner Cable ( TWC) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Time Warner Cable rose $1.75 (1.3%) to $140.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,342,096 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,630,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $139.14-$141.51 after having opened the day at $139.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.60. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Central European Media ( CETV), up 74.9%, CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), up 14.8%, RMG Networks ( RMGN), up 14.4% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 12.7%.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services to residential and business service customers over its broadband cable systems in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $38.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, American Public Education ( APEI), down 23.4%, YuMe ( YUME), down 16.6%, KBR ( KBR), down 13.5% and RetailMeNot ( SALE), down 11.1% , were all laggards within the services sector with Sothebys ( BID) 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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