Ascent Capital Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) traded down 3.2% during trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $24.70 and last traded at $24.84, with a volume of 66,277 shares. The stock had previously closed at $25.65.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the stock. Imperial Capital boosted their price target on shares of Ascent Capital Group from $20.00 to $21.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 11th. BB&T Corp. assumed coverage on shares of Ascent Capital Group in a research report on Thursday, June 16th. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ascent Capital Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, May 11th.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $19.33 and a 200-day moving average of $16.27. The company’s market cap is $304.03 million.

In other Ascent Capital Group news, VP William E. Niles sold 1,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.85, for a total transaction of $25,275.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 63,408 shares in the company, valued at $1,068,424.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Ascent Capital Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Monitronics, LiveWatch and Other Activities. The Company’s subsidiaries include Monitronics International, Inc (Monitronics) and LiveWatch Security, LLC (LiveWatch). Monitronics provides a range of residential security services, including hands-free two-way interactive voice communication with the monitoring center, cellular options, and an interactive service option, which allows the customer to control their security system remotely using a computer or smart phone.

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