SG Americas Securities LLC grew its position in shares of Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ:LBTYA – Get Rating) by 20.2% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 18,072 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,043 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC’s holdings in Liberty Global were worth $461,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in LBTYA. M&R Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in Liberty Global by 22.6% during the first quarter. M&R Capital Management Inc. now owns 2,958 shares of the company’s stock worth $75,000 after acquiring an additional 546 shares during the last quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Liberty Global in the fourth quarter worth about $77,000. Lombard Odier Asset Management Switzerland SA purchased a new stake in shares of Liberty Global in the fourth quarter worth about $224,000. GABELLI & Co INVESTMENT ADVISERS INC. boosted its position in shares of Liberty Global by 42.9% in the fourth quarter. GABELLI & Co INVESTMENT ADVISERS INC. now owns 10,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $277,000 after buying an additional 3,000 shares during the period. Finally, Sciencast Management LP purchased a new stake in shares of Liberty Global in the first quarter worth about $303,000. 28.05% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
Liberty Global Trading Down 0.3 %
Shares of LBTYA opened at $21.55 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $11.27 billion, a P/E ratio of 2.38 and a beta of 1.15. Liberty Global plc has a one year low of $20.18 and a one year high of $30.58. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50, a quick ratio of 1.56 and a current ratio of 1.56. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $21.92 and a 200 day moving average price of $24.08.
Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth
Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on LBTYA shares. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft decreased their target price on Liberty Global from $38.00 to $32.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, July 14th. Barclays decreased their target price on Liberty Global from $31.00 to $28.00 in a research report on Thursday, May 12th. Finally, Berenberg Bank raised Liberty Global from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, June 7th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $35.47.
Insider Buying and Selling at Liberty Global
In other Liberty Global news, CFO Charles H. R. Bracken sold 1,800 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.50, for a total transaction of $45,900.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 168,510 shares in the company, valued at $4,297,005. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. In other news, EVP Bryan H. Hall sold 30,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.22, for a total transaction of $726,600.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 175,984 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,262,332.48. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO Charles H. R. Bracken sold 1,800 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.50, for a total value of $45,900.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 168,510 shares in the company, valued at $4,297,005. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 90,479 shares of company stock worth $2,165,060 over the last quarter. 9.41% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
Liberty Global Profile
Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides broadband internet, video, fixed-line telephony, and mobile communications services to residential and business customers. It offers value-added broadband services, such as intelligent WiFi features; security; smart home, online storage solutions, and Web spaces; Connect Box, a set-top or Horizon box that delivers in-home Wi-Fi service; community Wi-Fi via routers in home, which provides access to the internet; and public Wi-Fi access points in train stations, hotels, bars, restaurants, and other public places.
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