Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

According to Zacks, “Liquidity Services, Inc. is a leading online auction marketplace for wholesale, surplus and salvage assets. LSI enables its corporate and government sellers to enhance their financial return on excess assets by providing a liquid marketplace and value-added services that integrate sales and marketing, logistics and transaction settlement into a single offering. LSI has developed and deployed highly successful online sales programs on a significant scale for clients including large corporations and government agencies to maximize the market reach and recovery value of surplus assets in a timely manner. “

Other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Robert W. Baird reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Liquidity Services in a research report on Monday, July 3rd. ValuEngine raised shares of Liquidity Services from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd.

Liquidity Services (NASDAQ LQDT) traded up 3.51% during trading on Thursday, hitting $5.90. The company had a trading volume of 404,619 shares. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $5.99 and its 200-day moving average is $6.82. The stock’s market capitalization is $185.87 million. Liquidity Services has a 52-week low of $5.50 and a 52-week high of $11.49.

Liquidity Services (NASDAQ:LQDT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The business services provider reported ($0.22) earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.25) by $0.03. Liquidity Services had a negative net margin of 27.52% and a negative return on equity of 16.59%. The firm had revenue of $65.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $79.56 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.07 earnings per share. Liquidity Services’s quarterly revenue was down 23.1% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that Liquidity Services will post ($0.91) earnings per share for the current year.

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Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Arizona State Retirement System lifted its position in Liquidity Services by 1.6% in the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 12,737 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $102,000 after acquiring an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio lifted its position in Liquidity Services by 16.2% in the first quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 13,017 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $104,000 after acquiring an additional 1,816 shares during the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans lifted its position in Liquidity Services by 5.2% in the first quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 13,770 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $110,000 after acquiring an additional 680 shares during the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC lifted its position in Liquidity Services by 57.3% in the first quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 17,141 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $137,000 after acquiring an additional 6,241 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Texas Permanent School Fund lifted its position in Liquidity Services by 1.2% in the second quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 17,931 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $114,000 after acquiring an additional 204 shares during the last quarter. 67.63% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Liquidity Services Company Profile

Liquidity Services, Inc operates a network of e-commerce marketplaces that enable buyers and sellers to transact in an automated environment. The Company employs e-commerce marketplace solutions to manage, value and sell inventory and equipment for business and government clients. The Company’s marketplaces provide professional buyers access to a global supply of new, surplus and scrap assets presented with digital images and other relevant product information.

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