Shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. (NASDAQ:LVNTA) were up 3.7% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $40.25 and last traded at $40.25, with a volume of 713,363 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $38.81.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on LVNTA shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, May 11th. Citigroup Inc. upgraded shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $43.00 to $45.00 in a research note on Thursday, June 9th. Pivotal Research started coverage on shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, June 8th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $48.00 price objective for the company. TheStreet upgraded shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 10th. Finally, FBR & Co restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $43.00 price objective on shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. in a research note on Tuesday, April 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $45.00.

The company has a market cap of $5.76 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.57. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $37.68 and a 200 day moving average price of $38.15.

In related news, Chairman John C. Malone sold 33,899 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $37.62, for a total transaction of $1,275,280.38. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now directly owns 879,578 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $33,089,724.36. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Michael A. George sold 150,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.24, for a total transaction of $3,936,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,081,179 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $28,370,136.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have modified their holdings of the company. ProShare Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 45,697 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,061,000 after buying an additional 706 shares in the last quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors boosted its position in shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. by 358.1% in the fourth quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 48,611 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,193,000 after buying an additional 38,000 shares in the last quarter. Napier Park Global Capital US LP acquired a new position in shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. during the fourth quarter valued at $2,851,000. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its position in shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 149,481 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,743,000 after buying an additional 1,409 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Marshall Wace LLP acquired a new position in shares of Liberty Interactive Corp. during the fourth quarter valued at $20,143,000.

Liberty Interactive Corporation (Liberty) owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are engaged in the video and online commerce industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Its businesses and assets include its consolidated subsidiaries QVC, Inc (QVC), Backcountry.com, Inc (Backcountry), Bodybuilding.com, LLC (Bodybuilding), CommerceHub and Evite, Inc (Evite) and its equity affiliates Expedia, Inc (Expedia), HSN, Inc (HSN), FTD Companies, Inc (FTD), Interval Leisure Group, Inc (Interval Leisure Group) and LendingTree, Inc (LendingTree).

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