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Today Liberty Global (LBTYA) Hits New Lifetime High

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Liberty Global ( LBTYA) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Liberty Global as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • LBTYA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $95.2 million.
  • LBTYA has traded 479,184 shares today.
  • LBTYA is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on LBTYA:

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Liberty Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Liberty Global has been 1.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Liberty Global has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. The stock has a beta of 1.25 and a short float of 4.8% with 6.32 days to cover. Shares are up 38.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • LBTYA's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 73.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, LBTYA's share price has jumped by 39.63%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC continued to lose money by earning -$2.33 versus -$3.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$2.25 versus -$2.33).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 3605.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$22.40 million to -$830.10 million.
  • Although LBTYA's debt-to-equity ratio of 3.70 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average. To add to this, LBTYA has a quick ratio of 0.52, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

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