News stories about Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Liberty Global PLC earned a coverage optimism score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.9122542829534 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- C&W Communications Joins Major Relief Effort for Markets Affected by Hurricane Irma (finance.yahoo.com)
- Liberty Global plc (LBTYA) noted a price change of -1.69% and CarMax Inc. (KMX) closes with a move of 0.04% – Stocks Gallery (stocksgallery.com)
- [$$] Vodafone to invest ?2bn building ultrafast broadband in Germany (finance.yahoo.com)
- Exane BNP Paribas Downgrades Liberty Global plc – Class A (LBTYA) to Underperform (americanbankingnews.com)
- Deutsche Bank AG Begins Coverage on Liberty Global PLC (LBTYA) (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of Liberty Global PLC (LBTYA) traded up 0.46% during trading on Friday, reaching $32.57. 1,975,160 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $32.69 billion, a P/E ratio of 35.79 and a beta of 1.66. The company has a 50 day moving average of $33.74 and a 200 day moving average of $33.15. Liberty Global PLC has a 12-month low of $28.17 and a 12-month high of $37.69.
Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Macquarie reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $36.00 target price (down previously from $40.00) on shares of Liberty Global PLC in a research report on Wednesday, June 21st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. UBS AG assumed coverage on shares of Liberty Global PLC in a research report on Friday, June 16th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $31.00 target price for the company. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 6th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 3rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $40.00.
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In related news, Director John C. Malone bought 223,186 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 6th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $21.76 per share, for a total transaction of $4,856,527.36. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 761,816 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,577,116.16. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director John C. Malone bought 139,052 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, July 5th. The stock was bought at an average price of $21.74 per share, for a total transaction of $3,022,990.48. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 761,816 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,561,879.84. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have purchased 1,610,000 shares of company stock worth $37,412,081 over the last 90 days. 3.93% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
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.
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