Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA) shares traded down 1.6% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $31.00 and last traded at $31.12, with a volume of 1,748,010 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $31.62.

A number of research analysts have commented on the company. Citigroup Inc. lowered their price target on Liberty Global PLC from $54.00 to $50.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, May 13th. Zacks Investment Research raised Liberty Global PLC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 5th. Pivotal Research upped their price target on Liberty Global PLC from $48.00 to $50.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 18th. TheStreet raised Liberty Global PLC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, June 6th. Finally, Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 price target (down previously from $53.00) on shares of Liberty Global PLC in a research report on Thursday, June 23rd. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $48.92.

The company’s market capitalization is $26.11 billion. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $32.81 and its 200-day moving average price is $35.78.

In other Liberty Global PLC news, Director John P. Cole, Jr. sold 21,976 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction 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 sale, the director now directly owns 16,154 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $617,567.42. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Andrew Cole purchased 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 29th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $29.24 per share, for a total transaction of $29,240.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 48,549 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,419,572.76. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Other large investors have bought and sold shares of the company. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 440.9% in the fourth quarter. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. now owns 494,608 shares of the company’s stock valued at $20,952,000 after buying an additional 403,163 shares during the last quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas raised its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 35.5% in the fourth quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas now owns 977,758 shares of the company’s stock valued at $41,418,000 after buying an additional 256,000 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley raised its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 38.6% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 895,940 shares of the company’s stock valued at $37,952,000 after buying an additional 249,612 shares during the last quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group acquired a new stake in Liberty Global PLC during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $6,193,000. Finally, OppenheimerFunds Inc. raised its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 26.1% in the fourth quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 532,813 shares of the company’s stock valued at $22,570,000 after buying an additional 110,250 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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