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Liquidity Services, Inc is an internet retail business based in the US. Liquidity Services shares (LQDT) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Liquidity Services employs 687 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$208.8 million.

How to buy shares in Liquidity Services

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Liquidity Services. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: LQDT. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Liquidity Services reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$9.04, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Liquidity Services, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Liquidity Services. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Liquidity Services's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Liquidity Services's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$9.04, which is 47.01% up on its pre-crash value of USD$4.79 and 200.33% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$3.01.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Liquidity Services shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$688.41 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,637.69.

Liquidity Services share price

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Liquidity Services shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-25.
Latest market close USD$9.04
52-week range USD$3.01 - USD$11.34
50-day moving average USD$9.3675
200-day moving average USD$7.11
Wall St. target price USD$9
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$-0.459

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Is it a good time to buy Liquidity Services stock?

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Liquidity Services price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $9.04 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-23) -6.03%
1 month (2020-10-30) 5.98%
3 months (2020-08-28) 16.20%
6 months (2020-05-29) 58.32%
1 year (2019-11-29) 29.33%
2 years (2018-11-30) 39.51%
3 years (2017-11-30) 57.22%
5 years (2015-11-30) 32.55%

Is Liquidity Services under- or over-valued?

Valuing Liquidity Services stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Liquidity Services's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Liquidity Services's PEG ratio

Liquidity Services's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.39. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Liquidity Services's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Liquidity Services financials

Revenue TTM USD$208.8 million
Gross profit TTM USD$113.3 million
Return on assets TTM -3.9%
Return on equity TTM -12.49%
Profit margin -6.92%
Book value $3.24
Market capitalisation USD$329.9 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Liquidity Services shares

There are currently 534,710 Liquidity Services shares held short by investors – that's known as Liquidity Services's "short interest". This figure is 23.8% down from 701,868 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Liquidity Services shares can be evaluated.

Liquidity Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Liquidity Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Liquidity Services shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Liquidity Services shares traded daily (recently around 322114.45783133). Liquidity Services's SIR currently stands at 1.66. In other words for every 100,000 Liquidity Services shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1660 shares are currently held short.

However Liquidity Services's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Liquidity Services shares, or, against the total number of tradable Liquidity Services shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Liquidity Services's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Liquidity Services shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0228% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Liquidity Services shares, roughly 23 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Liquidity Services.

Find out more about how you can short Liquidity Services stock.

Liquidity Services share dividends

We're not expecting Liquidity Services to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Liquidity Services share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Liquidity Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.01 up to $11.34. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LQDT.US volatility(beta: 1.08)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Liquidity Services's is 1.0761. This would suggest that Liquidity Services's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Liquidity Services overview

Liquidity Services, Inc. provides e-commerce marketplace that enable buyers and sellers to transact in an automated environment offering approximately 500 product categories. The company's marketplaces include that enable corporations to sell surplus and salvage consumer goods and capital assets; and provides self-directed service solutions in which sellers list their own assets that enables local and state government entities, including city, county, state agencies, as well as commercial businesses located in the United States and Canada to sell surplus and salvage assets, as well as offers a suite of services that includes asset sales and marketing. It also operates, which enables corporations to sell idle, surplus, and scrap equipment in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and power generation industries; marketplace for corporations located in the United States, Europe, and Asia to sell manufacturing surplus and salvage capital assets, and scrap material; that provides consumers a source of products through donating a portion of the proceeds of sale to charity; and, a search engine for used machinery and equipment. The company's marketplaces provide professional buyers access to supply of new, surplus, and scrap assets presented with digital images and other relevant product information; and enable corporate and government sellers to enhance their financial return on assets offered for sale by providing a liquid marketplace and value-added services. It offers approximately 500 product categories in industry verticals, such as consumer electronics, general merchandise, apparel, scientific equipment, aerospace parts and equipment, technology hardware, energy equipment, industrial capital assets, fleet and transportation equipment, and specialty equipment. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

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