Capella Education Co. (NASDAQ:CPLA) has been assigned an average rating of “Buy” from the six analysts that are covering the stock. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $63.67.

Several research analysts have issued reports on the company. BMO Capital Markets cut Capella Education from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $74.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Friday, October 28th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Barrington Research increased their price objective on Capella Education from $66.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 26th. Zacks Investment Research cut Capella Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 5th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Capella Education in a research report on Tuesday, October 4th.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) opened at 83.05 on Monday. Capella Education has a 12-month low of $39.06 and a 12-month high of $84.50. The stock has a market cap of $952.17 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.89 and a beta of 0.69. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $65.19 and its 200 day moving average price is $58.16.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.81 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.19. The firm earned $10.59 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $105.27 million. Capella Education had a return on equity of 21.44% and a net margin of 10.10%. Capella Education’s revenue was up 5.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.67 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Capella Education will post $3.56 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Capella Education news, Director Darrell R. Tukua sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.23, for a total value of $306,150.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 16,892 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.23, for a total value of $1,000,513.16. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 69,705 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,128,627.15. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 6.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. raised its stake in Capella Education by 1.5% in the first quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 296,247 shares of the company’s stock worth $15,594,000 after buying an additional 4,513 shares during the last quarter. Panagora Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in Capella Education by 29.5% in the first quarter. Panagora Asset Management Inc. now owns 91,529 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,818,000 after buying an additional 20,848 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its stake in Capella Education by 117.0% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 3,541 shares of the company’s stock worth $186,000 after buying an additional 1,909 shares during the last quarter. HL Financial Services LLC raised its stake in Capella Education by 12.5% in the second quarter. HL Financial Services LLC now owns 28,734 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,513,000 after buying an additional 3,183 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Strs Ohio raised its stake in Capella Education by 2.9% in the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 14,400 shares of the company’s stock worth $758,000 after buying an additional 400 shares during the last quarter. 90.40% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Capella Education

Capella Education Company is an online postsecondary education services company. The Company’s academic programs are delivered through its subsidiary, Capella University (the University), which is an online academic institution offering online postsecondary education services primarily to working adults.

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