LivePerson, Inc. (LPSN): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is it smart to be bullish on LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN)?

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Furthermore, it’s important to examine the recent info for LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN).

What does the smart money think about LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 43% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

Liveperson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group had the most valuable position in LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN), worth close to $2.9 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Spencer M. Waxman of Shannon River Fund Management, with a $2.5 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Jason F. Harris’s Kendall Square Capital, Mario Cibelli’s Marathon Partners and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.

As industrywide interest increased, specific money managers have jumped into LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) headfirst. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, assembled the most valuable position in LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN). Citadel Investment Group had 2.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Spencer M. Waxman’s Shannon River Fund Management also initiated a $2.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Jason F. Harris’s Kendall Square Capital, Mario Cibelli’s Marathon Partners, and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.

Insider trading activity in LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN)

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators 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). This group of stocks are in the business services industry and their market caps are closest to LPSN’s market cap.

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