Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYK) stock fell -3.26% on Thursday to $16.94 against a previous-day closing price of $17.51. With 3.38 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 1.72 million shares. The 52-week range on LBTYK shows that it touched its highest point at $26.11 and its lowest point at $16.16 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $25.00.
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Price Performance and Earnings:
Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of LBTYK was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -6.72%, but this was down by -12.32% over a month. Three-month performance dropped to -20.21% while six-month performance fell -16.80%. The stock lost -30.43% in the past year, while it has lost -12.82% so far this year.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 261.11 million LBTYK shares are outstanding with a float of 239.88 million shares on hand for trading. On Apr 27, 2023, short shares totaled 7.44 million, which was 1.66% higher than short shares on Mar 30, 2023. In addition to Mr. Michael Thomas Fries as the firm’s Vice Chairman, Pres & CEO, Mr. Charles H. R. Bracken serves as its Exec. VP & CFO.
Other institutions hold 56.24% of LBTYK, in contrast to 28.18% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 14.44%. As the largest shareholder in LBTYK with 17.52% of the stake, The Baupost Group LLC holds 47,504,310 shares worth 47,504,310. A second-largest stockholder of LBTYK, ACR Alpine Capital Research LLC, holds 9,025,569 shares, controlling over 3.33% of the firm’s shares. Dodge & Cox is the third largest shareholder in LBTYK, holding 8,961,768 shares or 3.30% stake. With a 3.12% stake in LBTYK, the Dodge & Cox International Stock F is the largest stakeholder. A total of 8,459,768 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Government Pension Fund – Global, which owns about 2.28% of LBTYK stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 6,172,944 shares valued at 125.56 million. Vanguard Extended Market Index Fu holds 1.64% of the stake in LBTYK, owning 4,456,181 shares worth 90.64 million.
An Overview of Recent Financials:
Understanding a company as a customer does not mean you will understand it as an investor. The wise investor uses quantitative research to analyze metrics such as revenue, net income, and earnings. In its fiscal quarter reported on Mar 30, 2023, LBTYK reported revenue of $1.75B and operating income of $82.80M. The EBITDA in the recently reported quarter was $708.20M and diluted EPS was $5.47.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for LBTYK since 0 analysts follow the stock currently. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With LBTYK analysts setting a high price target of $36.00 and a low target of $20.60, the average target price over the next 12 months is $28.50. Based on these targets, LBTYK could surge 112.51% to reach the target high and rise by 21.61% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 68.24% from current levels.
EPS: Estimates vs Actual
It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy.
Summary of Insider Activity:
Insiders traded LBTYK stock several times over the past three months with 14 Buys and 9 Sells. In these transactions, 300,478 shares were bought while 164,879 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 14 while that of sell transactions has risen to 16 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 300,478 while 355,317 shares were sold.