Liberty Global PLC (LBTYA) stock starts with “Equal Weight” rating in note to investors by Morgan Stanley

Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ: LBTYA) shares fell on Monday January 23 on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks flipped between small gains and losses in early trade on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% was off by 13 points, or less than 0.1%, at 19,815, with McDonald’s Corp MCD, -0.99% and General Electric CoGE, -0.95% leading the losses, down more than 1%.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.18% slipped 2 point to 2,270, with five of the main sectors trading lower. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.09% gained 4 points to 5,558.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ: LBTYA) stock, starting the company at Equal Weight. Morgan Stanley currently has a rating of Equal Weight on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and Liberty Global PLC has earned a consensus one-year price target of $40.65, higher than the opening price of $34.73, a difference of 11.73 percent. Liberty Global PLC stock has a 52-week high of $39.85. Price changes targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Yesterday Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ: LBTYA) shares last traded at $34.64, a drop of $0.23 from the previous closing price. Opening at $34.73, they ranged from $34.51 and $34.87 throughout the day.

Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ: LBTYA) currently has a market cap of 31.40B.

Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ: LBTYA) Average Daily Trading Volume

203,117 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 44 percent below the norm, out of a total float 838,703,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ: LBTYA) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ: LBTYA) now has a 50-day MA of $31.74 and 200-day MA of $31.89. It has traded in a 52-week range between $26.16 – 39.85 and today’s last price is 13.07%% lower than the 52 week high of $39.85.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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