Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Extremely Likely to Affect Liberty Global (LBTYA) Share Price

Media headlines about Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, InfoTrie reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Liberty Global earned a news impact score of 1.33 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news articles about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Liberty Global’s analysis:

A number of research analysts have commented on LBTYA shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Liberty Global from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 25th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Liberty Global from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. HSBC set a $35.00 price target on shares of Liberty Global and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 18th. UBS Group upgraded shares of Liberty Global from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $37.00 to $33.50 in a research report on Friday, August 24th. Finally, Pivotal Research reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 price target on shares of Liberty Global in a research report on Tuesday, September 11th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $37.55.

NASDAQ LBTYA traded down $0.40 on Friday, reaching $25.12. 2,084,200 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,906,814. Liberty Global has a 12 month low of $23.17 and a 12 month high of $39.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 5.98, a current ratio of 0.36 and a quick ratio of 0.36. The stock has a market capitalization of $19.68 billion, a P/E ratio of -10.97 and a beta of 1.59.

Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 7th. The company reported ($0.56) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.27 by ($0.83). The company had revenue of $2.96 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.94 billion. Liberty Global had a negative net margin of 11.46% and a negative return on equity of 27.88%. As a group, equities analysts expect that Liberty Global will post -0.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, CFO Charles H. R. Bracken sold 46,054 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $27.27, for a total transaction of $1,255,892.58. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 5.93% of the company’s stock.

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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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