Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Liberty Global

(

LBTYA

) as a post-market leader 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 $104.8 million.
  • LBTYA is up 10.1% today from today's close.

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More details on LBTYA:

Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile services in Europe, Chile, Puerto Rico, and internationally. 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 2.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Liberty Global has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. The stock has a beta of 1.71 and a short float of 1.7% with 1.79 days to cover. Shares are down 19.8% 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 good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,271.90 million or 10.27% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC GLOBAL GP has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 9.07%.
  • The gross profit margin for LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC GLOBAL GP is rather high; currently it is at 63.73%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.39% trails the industry average.
  • LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC GLOBAL GP's earnings per share declined by 40.0% in the most recent quarter compared to 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 GLOBAL GP continued to lose money by earning -$1.26 versus -$2.38 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.91 versus -$1.26).
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC GLOBAL GP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Media industry average. The net income has significantly decreased by 34.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $157.10 million to $102.90 million.

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