Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA) rose 2.7% on Thursday . The company traded as high as $31.41 and last traded at $31.37, with a volume of 2,081,439 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $30.55.

LBTYA has been the subject of several recent research reports. Citigroup Inc. reduced their price target on Liberty Global PLC from $59.00 to $54.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, March 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised Liberty Global PLC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 21st. Pivotal Research boosted their price target on Liberty Global PLC from $48.00 to $50.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 18th. Wunderlich reduced their price target on Liberty Global PLC from $53.00 to $49.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, July 6th. Finally, TheStreet raised Liberty Global PLC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, June 6th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $49.36.

The firm’s 50 day moving average is $33.48 and its 200-day moving average is $36.08. The stock’s market cap is $26.60 billion.

In other Liberty Global PLC news, Director John P. Cole, Jr. sold 21,976 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.23, for a total value of $840,142.48. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 16,154 shares in the company, valued at approximately $617,567.42. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Andrew Cole bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 27th. The stock was bought at an average price of $26.97 per share, with a total value of $26,970.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 48,549 shares in the company, valued at $1,309,366.53. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

A number of large investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 70,195 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,973,000 after buying an additional 937 shares during the last quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 3.2% in the fourth quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 30,776 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,303,000 after buying an additional 965 shares during the last quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC increased its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 85,708 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,631,000 after buying an additional 1,363 shares during the last quarter. Beach Point Capital Management LP increased its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Beach Point Capital Management LP now owns 605,261 shares of the company’s stock worth $25,639,000 after buying an additional 1,871 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. increased its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 6.9% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 31,568 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,337,000 after buying an additional 2,024 shares during the last quarter.

Liberty Global PLC, formerly Liberty Global, Inc, is an international cable company with operations in 14 countries. The Company’s tripleplay services are provided through networks and technology platforms that connect approximately 25 million customers subscribing to over 47 million television, broadband Internet and telephony services.

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