Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) Analysis & Forecast for 2021

Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYK) is 7.78% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $14.35 and a high of $26.42 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will continue to grow shareholders’ wealth in the market. Here’s what analysts think will happen to its price in the coming time. The LBTYK stock was last observed hovering at around $26.26 in the last trading session, with the day’s loss setting it -0.77% off its average median price target of $33.50 for the next 12 months. It is also 54.48% off the consensus price target high of $56.00 offered by 18 analysts, but current levels are -15.86% lower than the price target low of $22.00 for the same period.

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Currently trading at $25.49, the stock is 2.34% and 4.23% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 3.54 million and changing -2.93% at the moment leaves the stock 14.50% off its SMA200. LBTYK registered 26.13% gain for a year compared to 6-month gain of 18.83%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $24.85 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $22.43.

The stock witnessed a 3.49% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a 15.34%, and is 2.87% up over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 3.40% over the week and 2.60% over the month.

Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) has around 23000 employees, a market worth around $9.78B and $11.98B in sales. Distance from 52-week low is 77.57% and -3.54% from its 52-week high.

Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) is a “Overweight”. 18 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.00, where 6 rate it as a Hold and 1 think it is a “Overweight”. 11 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Liberty Global plc is expected to release its quarterly report on 05/10/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $0 with sales reaching $14.01B over the same period., but quarterly earnings will post 16.90% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to grow 16.90% in year-over-year returns.

Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) Top Institutional Holders

498 institutions hold shares in Liberty Global plc (LBTYK), with 31.17M shares held by insiders accounting for 5.40% while institutional investors hold 82.54% of the company’s shares. Institutions hold 78.08% of the Float.

The top institutional shareholder in the company is Baupost Group, Inc,.(The) LLC with over 54.56 million shares valued at $1.12 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 14.02% of the LBTYK Shares outstanding. As of Sep 29, 2020, the second largest holder is Luxor Capital Group, LP with 26.26 million shares valued at $539.25 million to account for 6.75% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Dodge & Cox Inc which holds 19.59 million shares representing 5.03% and valued at over $402.25 million, while Blackrock Inc. holds 3.51% of the shares totaling 13.67 million with a market value of $323.36 million.

Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) Insider Activity

A total of 5 insider transactions have happened at Liberty Global plc (LBTYK) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 4 and purchases happening 1 times.

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Liberty Global plc (LBTYK): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) that is trading 11.42% up over the past 12 months. Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI) is -11.36% down on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has risen 38.18% from the last report on Dec 30, 2020 to stand at a total of 7.22 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 4.22.

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