Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the ten analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $31.20.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on LBTYA shares. Societe Generale set a $36.00 price objective on Liberty Global and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 3rd. Bank of America set a $25.00 price objective on Bed Bath & Beyond and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 10th. Pivotal Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $31.00 price objective on shares of Liberty Global in a report on Sunday, June 30th. Zacks Investment Research raised Triple-S Management from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, April 29th. Finally, BidaskClub raised WhiteHorse Finance from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday.

In related news, Director Richard R. Green sold 40,448 shares of Liberty Global stock in a transaction on Monday, May 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.54, for a total transaction of $992,593.92. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 15,993 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $392,468.22. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Michael T. Fries sold 156,397 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.71, for a total value of $3,864,569.87. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 2,060,295 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $50,909,889.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 234,951 shares of company stock valued at $5,806,909. 6.48% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Princeton Global Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Liberty Global in the fourth quarter worth $26,000. NuWave Investment Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Liberty Global by 71.5% in the first quarter. NuWave Investment Management LLC now owns 1,024 shares of the company’s stock worth $26,000 after acquiring an additional 427 shares during the last quarter. Kinneret Advisory LLC acquired a new position in shares of Liberty Global in the fourth quarter worth $84,000. QS Investors LLC raised its holdings in shares of Liberty Global by 21.1% in the fourth quarter. QS Investors LLC now owns 4,015 shares of the company’s stock worth $86,000 after acquiring an additional 700 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Liberty Global in the first quarter worth $230,000. 23.25% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Liberty Global stock traded down $0.45 during trading on Friday, reaching $27.65. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,435,483 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,514,203. The company has a quick ratio of 0.36, a current ratio of 0.36 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.85. Liberty Global has a 12-month low of $19.88 and a 12-month high of $29.55. The firm has a market capitalization of $20.40 billion, a P/E ratio of -14.04 and a beta of 1.50. The business’s 50 day simple moving average is $26.67.

Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, May 6th. The company reported ($0.43) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.07) by ($0.36). Liberty Global had a net margin of 16.23% and a negative return on equity of 2.41%. The business had revenue of $2.87 billion during the quarter. Analysts predict that Liberty Global will post -0.82 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Liberty Global Company Profile

Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, mobile, and other communications services to residential customers and businesses in Europe. It offers video services, including digital video programming and audio services starting with a basic video service, video-on-demand, electronic programming guide, various premium channel packages, digital video recorders, various mobile applications, and set-top boxes.

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