Should You Avoid LivePerson, Inc. (LPSN)?

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Liveperson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN)LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. LPSN has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with LPSN holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action encompassing LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN).

Hedge fund activity in LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN)

Heading into Q2, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -22% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Act II Capital, managed by Dennis Leibowitz, holds the most valuable position in LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN). Act II Capital has a $9.4 million position in the stock, comprising 2.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $5.1 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Spencer M. Waxman’s Shannon River Fund Management, Philip Hempleman’s Ardsley Partners and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Judging by the fact that LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) has witnessed falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there exists a select few money managers that elected to cut their full holdings heading into Q2. Interestingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies dropped the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, valued at an estimated $2.7 million in stock.. Drew Cupps’s fund, Cupps Capital Management, also cut its stock, about $1.7 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds heading into Q2.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time period, LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) has experienced 4 unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN). These stocks are Team, Inc. (NYSE:TISI), RPX Corp (NASDAQ:RPXC), Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP), WNS (Holdings) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:WNS), and InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ:INWK). All of these stocks are in the business services industry and their market caps are similar to LPSN’s market cap.

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