Eaton Vance Management continued to hold its position in shares of Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA) during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 26,898 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the 2nd quarter. Eaton Vance Management’s holdings in Liberty Global PLC were worth $864,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. MAI Capital Management lifted its holdings in shares of Liberty Global PLC by 0.7% during the 1st quarter. MAI Capital Management now owns 9,255 shares of the company’s stock worth $332,000 after acquiring an additional 60 shares during the period. High Pointe Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Liberty Global PLC by 5.7% during the second quarter. High Pointe Capital Management LLC now owns 6,670 shares of the company’s stock valued at $214,000 after purchasing an additional 360 shares during the period. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC raised its stake in shares of Liberty Global PLC by 6.2% during the second quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 8,363 shares of the company’s stock valued at $269,000 after purchasing an additional 488 shares during the period. Mercer Capital Advisers Inc. raised its stake in shares of Liberty Global PLC by 5.0% during the second quarter. Mercer Capital Advisers Inc. now owns 12,665 shares of the company’s stock valued at $407,000 after purchasing an additional 600 shares during the period. Finally, US Bancorp DE raised its stake in shares of Liberty Global PLC by 9.4% during the first quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 10,262 shares of the company’s stock valued at $368,000 after purchasing an additional 882 shares during the period. 22.04% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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In related news, Director John C. Malone acquired 223,186 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 6th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $21.76 per share, with a total value of $4,856,527.36. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 761,816 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,577,116.16. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director John C. Malone acquired 384,673 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 7th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $21.80 per share, with a total value of $8,385,871.40. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 761,816 shares in the company, valued at approximately $16,607,588.80. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders bought a total of 1,610,000 shares of company stock worth $37,412,081 over the last three months. 3.93% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Shares of Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA) opened at 34.25 on Friday. Liberty Global PLC has a 12 month low of $28.17 and a 12 month high of $37.69. The company has a market capitalization of $34.37 billion, a PE ratio of 37.64 and a beta of 1.66. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $33.70 and a 200-day moving average price of $33.06.

A number of 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 company a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 17th. UBS AG started 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 target for the company. BidaskClub raised shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $39.92.

About Liberty Global PLC

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA)

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