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

LBTYA has been the topic of several analyst reports. Evercore ISI initiated coverage on Liberty Global PLC in a research note on Thursday, June 30th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $40.00 target price on the stock. Pivotal Research dropped their price target on Liberty Global PLC from $50.00 to $41.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, June 24th. 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 research note on Thursday, June 23rd. Wunderlich dropped their price target on Liberty Global PLC from $60.00 to $53.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, June 22nd. Finally, Citigroup Inc. dropped their price target on Liberty Global PLC from $54.00 to $50.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, May 13th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $48.92.

The company’s market capitalization is $25.94 billion. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $30.84 and its 200 day moving average price is $35.30.

Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, August 5th. The company reported $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.18) by $0.41. On average, analysts predict that Liberty Global PLC will post ($0.10) EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Liberty Global PLC news, Director Andrew Cole bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 29th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $29.24 per share, with a total value of $29,240.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 48,549 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,419,572.76. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director John P. Cole, Jr. sold 21,976 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 7th. The stock was 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 in the company, valued at approximately $617,567.42. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several large investors have modified their holdings of the company. Eaton Vance Management raised its stake in shares of Liberty Global PLC by 131.6% in the fourth quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 26,898 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,139,000 after buying an additional 15,282 shares during the period. 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. Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in Liberty Global PLC by 89.8% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 42,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,800,000 after buying an additional 20,110 shares in the last quarter. Airain ltd purchased a new position in Liberty Global PLC during the fourth quarter worth about $1,932,000. Finally, 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.

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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