LivePerson (LPSN) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media stories about LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Alpha One Sentiment. Alpha One, a subsidiary of Accern, rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. LivePerson earned a news impact score of 0.03 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news stories about the technology company an impact score of 81 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is very likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Alpha One’s analysis:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN)

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on LPSN shares. Benchmark Co. upped their price target on LivePerson from $13.00 to $14.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded LivePerson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, June 9th. Craig Hallum upgraded LivePerson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $8.60 to $8.85 in a research note on Thursday, May 11th. TheStreet upgraded LivePerson from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Friday, May 26th. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. restated a “hold” rating on shares of LivePerson in a research note on Thursday, May 11th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.21.

LivePerson (NASDAQ LPSN) traded up 0.89% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $11.35. The stock had a trading volume of 850,247 shares. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $9.48 and a 200 day moving average price of $7.84. LivePerson has a one year low of $5.43 and a one year high of $11.80. The firm’s market cap is $663.34 million.

LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 10th. The technology company reported $0.01 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.01. LivePerson had a negative return on equity of 9.65% and a negative net margin of 13.24%. The company had revenue of $50.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $50.42 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.03 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 8.3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that LivePerson will post $0.09 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, EVP Dustin Dean sold 47,292 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.83, for a total value of $464,880.36. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 8,700 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $85,521. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Insiders sold a total of 55,717 shares of company stock worth $520,907 in the last three months. Company insiders own 11.40% of the company’s stock.

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About LivePerson

LivePerson, Inc (Liveperson) is a provider of mobile and online business messaging technologies that power digital communication between brands and consumers. The Company’s segments include Business and Consumer. The Business segment enables brands to leverage its cloud-based LiveEngage’s intelligence engine.

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