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

Several brokerages recently commented on LBTYA. Pivotal Research reduced their target price on shares of Liberty Global PLC from $50.00 to $41.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, June 24th. Wunderlich reduced their target price on shares of Liberty Global PLC from $60.00 to $53.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, June 22nd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, May 16th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 target price (down previously from $53.00) on shares of Liberty Global PLC in a report on Thursday, June 23rd. Finally, Evercore ISI began coverage on shares of Liberty Global PLC in a report on Thursday, June 30th. They set a “buy” rating and a $40.00 target price for the company. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. Liberty Global PLC presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $49.36.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $33.18 and a 200-day moving average price of $35.99. The firm’s market cap is $26.30 billion.

In other Liberty Global PLC news, Director John P. Cole, Jr. sold 21,976 shares of Liberty Global PLC stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.23, for a total transaction of $840,142.48. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 16,154 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $617,567.42. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Andrew Cole acquired 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 27th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $26.97 per share, for a total transaction of $26,970.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly 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 institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of LBTYA. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position 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 in the last quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its position 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 in the last quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC increased its position 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 in the last quarter. Beach Point Capital Management LP increased its position 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 in the last quarter. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. increased its position 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 in 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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