Brokerages expect LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) to announce $0.01 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have made estimates for LivePerson’s earnings. LivePerson posted earnings per share of ($0.04) in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 125%. The company is expected to announce its next earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that LivePerson will report full-year earnings of $0.08 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.07 to $0.08. For the next year, analysts expect that the company will post earnings of $0.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.08 to $0.16. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover LivePerson.

LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The technology company reported $0.05 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.05. The business had revenue of $54.49 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $54.55 million. LivePerson had a negative net margin of 11.07% and a negative return on equity of 4.41%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down .1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.02) earnings per share.

LPSN has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of LivePerson from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of LivePerson in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 price target on shares of LivePerson in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Northland Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price target on shares of LivePerson in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Benchmark raised their price target on shares of LivePerson from $14.00 to $18.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. LivePerson has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $15.05.

In other LivePerson news, CEO Robert P. Locascio sold 2,572 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.66, for a total transaction of $35,133.52. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 76,435 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,044,102.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Daniel Richard Murphy sold 2,300 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.71, for a total transaction of $31,533.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 84,678 shares in the company, valued at $1,160,935.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 9,374 shares of company stock worth $129,989. 11.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio bought a new stake in shares of LivePerson in the 3rd quarter valued at about $177,000. GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted its holdings in shares of LivePerson by 27.4% in the 3rd quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 45,341 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $614,000 after buying an additional 9,765 shares in the last quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new stake in shares of LivePerson in the 3rd quarter valued at about $254,000. Granahan Investment Management Inc. MA boosted its holdings in shares of LivePerson by 1.4% in the 3rd quarter. Granahan Investment Management Inc. MA now owns 2,695,382 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $36,522,000 after buying an additional 37,677 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Highbridge Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of LivePerson in the 3rd quarter valued at about $730,000. Institutional investors own 75.85% of the company’s stock.

LivePerson (NASDAQ LPSN) opened at $11.05 on Tuesday. LivePerson has a 12 month low of $5.43 and a 12 month high of $15.10.

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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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