Standard Life Investments LTD acquired a new position in shares of Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA) in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund acquired 4,826 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $105,000.

Several other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in LBTYA. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in shares of Liberty Global PLC by 2,739.9% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 10,201,377 shares of the company’s stock worth $365,923,000 after purchasing an additional 9,842,167 shares during the last quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board lifted its position in shares of Liberty Global PLC by 167.1% during the 2nd quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 709,414 shares of the company’s stock worth $22,786,000 after purchasing an additional 443,835 shares during the last quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board lifted its position in shares of Liberty Global PLC by 118.7% during the 2nd quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 794,878 shares of the company’s stock worth $25,531,000 after purchasing an additional 431,430 shares during the last quarter. Quest Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Liberty Global PLC during the 1st quarter worth $13,731,000. Finally, MARSHALL WACE ASIA Ltd purchased a new stake in shares of Liberty Global PLC during the 1st quarter worth $13,188,000. 22.05% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ LBTYA) opened at 32.92 on Friday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $33.73 and a 200-day moving average of $33.12. Liberty Global PLC has a one year low of $28.17 and a one year high of $37.69. The stock has a market capitalization of $33.04 billion, a PE ratio of 36.18 and a beta of 1.66.

In other news, Director John C. Malone sold 90,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.51, for a total value of $2,925,900.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 6,625,227 shares in the company, valued at approximately $215,386,129.77. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director John C. Malone purchased 223,186 shares of Liberty Global PLC stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 6th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $21.76 per share, for a total transaction of $4,856,527.36. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 761,816 shares in the company, valued at approximately $16,577,116.16. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders bought 1,610,000 shares of company stock worth $37,412,081. Insiders own 3.93% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Jefferies Group LLC set a $43.00 price objective on shares of Liberty Global PLC and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 17th. UBS AG assumed coverage on shares of Liberty Global PLC in a research report on Friday, June 16th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $31.00 price objective for the company. BidaskClub raised shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. ValuEngine cut shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group cut shares of Liberty Global PLC from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 24th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Liberty Global PLC currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $40.00.

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Liberty Global PLC Profile

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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