Liberty Global PLC Class C (LBTYK): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Liberty Global PLC Class C ( LBTYK) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Liberty Global PLC Class C fell $0.43 (-1.0%) to $42.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,020,675 shares of Liberty Global PLC Class C exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,886,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.15-$42.89 after having opened the day at $42.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.62. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Furmanite Corporation ( FRM), down 9.3%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 7.9%, E.W. Scripps Company ( SSP), down 7.8% and Inuvo ( INUV), down 7.7%.

Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile services in Europe, Chile, Puerto Rico, and internationally. Liberty Global PLC Class C has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global PLC Class C as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, Big Lots ( BIG), up 23.0%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), up 14.8%, Korn/Ferry International ( KFY), up 13.6% and U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 12.2% , were all gainers within the services sector with Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) 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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