Gargoyle Investment Advisor L.L.C. maintained its stake in Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYA) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 8,054 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Gargoyle Investment Advisor L.L.C.’s holdings in Liberty Global PLC were worth $259,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of LBTYA. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership boosted its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 0.7% in the first quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership now owns 10,900,902 shares of the company’s stock valued at $391,015,000 after buying an additional 76,709 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 2,739.9% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 10,201,377 shares of the company’s stock valued at $365,923,000 after buying an additional 9,842,167 shares in the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 3.0% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 1,742,676 shares of the company’s stock valued at $62,483,000 after buying an additional 51,073 shares in the last quarter. Gabelli Funds LLC boosted its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 2.0% in the first quarter. Gabelli Funds LLC now owns 1,555,072 shares of the company’s stock valued at $55,780,000 after buying an additional 31,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Beck Mack & Oliver LLC boosted its stake in Liberty Global PLC by 25.1% in the second quarter. Beck Mack & Oliver LLC now owns 1,541,373 shares of the company’s stock valued at $49,509,000 after buying an additional 308,913 shares in the last quarter. 22.53% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Liberty Global PLC (LBTYA) opened at 34.33 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $34.45 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 37.73 and a beta of 1.67. Liberty Global PLC has a 1-year low of $28.17 and a 1-year high of $37.69. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $32.95 and its 200 day moving average is $33.51.

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Several equities research analysts recently commented on LBTYA shares. Macquarie reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $36.00 price objective (down 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 started coverage on shares of Liberty Global PLC in a research report on Friday, June 16th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $31.00 price objective on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of Liberty Global PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 6th. Finally, Pivotal Research cut their price target on shares of Liberty Global PLC from $47.00 to $42.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, May 10th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $39.85.

In other Liberty Global PLC news, Director John C. Malone acquired 223,186 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 6th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $21.76 per share, with a total value 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 $16,577,116.16. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director John C. Malone acquired 519,592 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, July 10th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $24.34 per share, for a total transaction of $12,646,869.28. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 927,830 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $22,583,382.20. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders acquired 1,610,000 shares of company stock worth $37,412,081 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 5.81% of the company’s stock.

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

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