Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA) fell 3.3% during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $30.95 and last traded at $31.33, with a volume of 3,063,498 shares. The stock had previously closed at $32.41.

LBTYA has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. TheStreet upgraded shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, June 6th. Pivotal Research raised their price target on shares of Liberty Global PLC from $48.00 to $50.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 11th. Citigroup Inc. cut their price target on shares of Liberty Global PLC from $54.00 to $50.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, May 13th. Finally, Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 price target (down previously from $53.00) on shares of Liberty Global PLC in a report on Thursday, June 23rd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Liberty Global PLC has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $48.92.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $30.84 and a 200-day moving average of $35.30. The company’s market cap is $25.94 billion.

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 transaction 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 legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Andrew Cole purchased 1,000 shares of the company’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 transaction, the director now directly owns 48,549 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,309,366.53. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Other hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. BlackRock Investment Management LLC raised its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 10.9% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Investment Management LLC now owns 3,842,107 shares of the company’s stock valued at $162,752,000 after buying an additional 378,161 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley raised its position in shares of 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. Employees Retirement System of Texas raised its position in shares of 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. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its position in shares of Liberty Global PLC by 12.0% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 541,222 shares of the company’s stock valued at $22,925,000 after buying an additional 57,929 shares during the last quarter. Finally, PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its position in shares of 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 valued at $1,303,000 after buying an additional 965 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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