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LivePerson Inc. (LPSN) on Track to Reach $78.00 in a Year

LivePerson Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) is -11.75% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $21.68 and a high of $72.23 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will make a comeback and enjoy potential growth. Why not look at analysts view on what the future holds for the stock. The LPSN stock was last observed hovering at around $56.42 in the last trading session, with the day’s loss setting it -1.5% off its average median price target of $78.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 38.98% off the consensus price target high of $90.00 offered by 17 analysts, but current levels are 15.51% higher than the price target low of $65.00 for the same period.

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Currently trading at $54.92, the stock is -2.43% and -3.99% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 0.35 million and changing -2.66% at the moment leaves the stock -3.38% off its SMA200. LPSN registered 122.89% gain for a year compared to 6-month loss of -5.52%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $55.25 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $59.29.

The stock witnessed a 8.69% gain in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -14.55%, and is 0.86% up over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 4.11% over the week and 4.48% over the month.

LivePerson Inc. (LPSN) has around 1201 employees, a market worth around $3.64B and $366.60M in sales. Fwd P/E is 603.52. Profit margin for the company is -29.30%. Distance from 52-week low is 153.32% and -23.97% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (-11.60%).

LivePerson Inc. (LPSN) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for LivePerson Inc. (LPSN) is a “Buy”. 17 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.00, where 2 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 15 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

LivePerson Inc. is expected to release its quarterly report on 07/28/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at -$0.14 with sales reaching $103.06M over the same period.The EPS is expected to shrink by -6.40% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 25.70% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to grow 32.00% in year-over-year returns.

LivePerson Inc. (LPSN) Top Institutional Holders

379 institutions hold shares in LivePerson Inc. (LPSN), with 4.59M shares held by insiders accounting for 6.77% while institutional investors hold 110.75% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 67.04M, and float is at 61.49M with Short Float at 16.52%. Institutions hold 103.25% of the Float.

The top institutional shareholder in the company is Blackrock Inc. with over 9.63 million shares valued at $599.56 million. The investor’s holdings represent 14.21% of the LPSN Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is FMR, LLC with 6.98 million shares valued at $434.6 million to account for 10.30% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) which holds 6.53 million shares representing 9.64% and valued at over $406.54 million, while Artisan Partners Limited Partnership holds 4.80% of the shares totaling 3.25 million with a market value of $202.46 million.

LivePerson Inc. (LPSN) Insider Activity

A total of 72 insider transactions have happened at LivePerson Inc. (LPSN) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 41 and purchases happening 31 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by Spinelli Alexander, the company’s EVP, Chief Technology Officer. SEC filings show that Spinelli Alexander sold 1,992 shares of the company’s common stock on Apr 12 at a price of $56.13 per share for a total of $0.11 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 0.21 million shares.

LivePerson Inc. disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Apr 12 that Greenberg Monica L. (EVP, Policy & General Counsel) sold a total of 1,348 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Apr 12 and was made at $56.13 per share for $75663.0. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 23059.0 shares of the LPSN stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Apr 01, Spinelli Alexander (EVP, Chief Technology Officer) disposed off 2,815 shares at an average price of $54.94 for $0.15 million. The insider now directly holds 210,186 shares of LivePerson Inc. (LPSN).

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LivePerson Inc. (LPSN): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include salesforce.com inc. (CRM) that is trading 46.08% up over the past 12 months. Oracle Corporation (ORCL) is 40.81% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has fallen -0.69% from the last report on Apr 14, 2021 to stand at a total of 10.16 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 14.15.

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