QS Investors LLC boosted its holdings in Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) by 0.3% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 2,500 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 7 shares during the period. QS Investors LLC’s holdings in Capella Education were worth $214,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the stock. Sei Investments Co. grew its stake in Capella Education by 3.4% in the 1st quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 2,428 shares of the company’s stock valued at $207,000 after acquiring an additional 79 shares during the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System grew its stake in Capella Education by 1.7% in the 1st quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 6,039 shares of the company’s stock valued at $513,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund grew its stake in Capella Education by 1.2% in the 2nd quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 8,461 shares of the company’s stock valued at $724,000 after acquiring an additional 102 shares during the last quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan grew its stake in Capella Education by 5.0% in the 2nd quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 2,730 shares of the company’s stock valued at $234,000 after acquiring an additional 130 shares during the last quarter. Finally, D.A. Davidson & CO. grew its stake in Capella Education by 6.6% in the 2nd quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 2,429 shares of the company’s stock valued at $207,000 after acquiring an additional 151 shares during the last quarter. 91.54% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ CPLA) opened at 68.25 on Monday. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $68.39 and a 200-day moving average of $79.43. Capella Education Company has a 12-month low of $59.40 and a 12-month high of $99.25. The stock has a market capitalization of $796.55 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.62 and a beta of 0.44.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.90 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $109.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $109.89 million. Capella Education had a return on equity of 20.23% and a net margin of 10.49%. Capella Education’s revenue was up 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.93 EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that Capella Education Company will post $3.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 13th. Investors of record on Friday, August 25th were paid a $0.41 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 23rd. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.40%. Capella Education’s dividend payout ratio is currently 42.38%.

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A number of research analysts have issued reports on CPLA shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Barrington Research reduced their target price on shares of Capella Education from $98.00 to $90.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. BMO Capital Markets reduced their target price on shares of Capella Education from $86.00 to $79.45 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $87.00.

In related news, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 2,000 shares of Capella Education stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, July 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.18, for a total value of $164,360.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Company insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.

Capella Education Company Profile

Capella Education Company is an education services company. The Company provides direct path between learning and employment through its online postsecondary education offerings and through programs to develop job-ready skills for demand markets. The company’s segments include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment.

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