Capella Education Co. (NASDAQ:CPLA) had its price target upped by First Analysis from $71.00 to $87.00 in a research note released on Friday. First Analysis currently has a weight rating on the stock.

CPLA has been the subject of a number of other reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Capella Education from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $65.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, September 27th. BMO Capital Markets cut shares of Capella Education from an outperform rating to a market perform rating and set a $74.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Friday, October 28th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a buy rating on shares of Capella Education in a research note on Tuesday, October 4th. Finally, Barrington Research upped their target price on shares of Capella Education from $60.00 to $66.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 27th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $71.33.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) traded down 1.40% during trading on Friday, reaching $84.60. 8,808 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. Capella Education has a 52 week low of $39.06 and a 52 week high of $87.40. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $68.48 and its 200-day moving average price is $59.02. The stock has a market capitalization of $969.94 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.31 and a beta of 0.69.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.81 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.19. Capella Education had a net margin of 10.10% and a return on equity of 21.44%. The business earned $10.59 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $105.27 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.67 earnings per share. Capella Education’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that Capella Education will post $3.56 EPS for the current year.

In other Capella Education news, Director Darrell R. Tukua sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $61.23, for a total value of $306,150.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 6.50% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in CPLA. Mason Street Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Capella Education during the second quarter valued at about $109,000. Sei Investments Co. raised its stake in shares of Capella Education by 81.0% in the third quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 2,042 shares of the company’s stock valued at $118,000 after buying an additional 914 shares during the period. D.A. Davidson & CO. raised its stake in shares of Capella Education by 35.2% in the third quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 2,766 shares of the company’s stock valued at $159,000 after buying an additional 720 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its stake in shares of Capella Education by 117.0% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 3,541 shares of the company’s stock valued at $186,000 after buying an additional 1,909 shares during the period. Finally, KBC Group NV raised its stake in shares of Capella Education by 55.8% in the third quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 3,334 shares of the company’s stock valued at $194,000 after buying an additional 1,194 shares during the period. 92.91% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Capella Education Company Profile

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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