ValuEngine upgraded shares of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Thursday.

APEI has been the topic of a number of other reports. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a hold rating and set a $26.00 price target on shares of American Public Education in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of American Public Education from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating and set a $26.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, July 27th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of American Public Education from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on shares of American Public Education from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a market perform rating in a report on Wednesday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $24.00.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) traded up $0.90 on Thursday, hitting $24.55. 61,700 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 59,283. American Public Education has a one year low of $17.40 and a one year high of $27.20. The company has a market capitalization of $399.38, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.46, a P/E/G ratio of 4.80 and a beta of 1.13.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.21 by $0.06. American Public Education had a net margin of 6.54% and a return on equity of 7.20%. The company had revenue of $73.28 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $71.06 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.02 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that American Public Education will post 1.05 EPS for the current year.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Russell Investments Group Ltd. increased its holdings in American Public Education by 28.9% during the second quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 32,127 shares of the company’s stock worth $760,000 after buying an additional 7,206 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC increased its stake in shares of American Public Education by 27.4% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 803,108 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,994,000 after purchasing an additional 172,608 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of American Public Education by 6.6% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,472,157 shares of the company’s stock worth $34,817,000 after purchasing an additional 91,767 shares in the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of American Public Education by 3.3% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 119,094 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,727,000 after purchasing an additional 3,838 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of American Public Education by 5.6% in the first quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 64,046 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,467,000 after purchasing an additional 3,420 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.42% of the company’s stock.

About American Public Education

American Public Education, Inc provides online and on-campus postsecondary education. The Company provides postsecondary education through its subsidiary institutions, American Public University System, Inc (APUS) and Hondros College of Nursing (HCON). It operates through two segments: American Public Education Segment, which consists of the operational activities of APUS, other corporate activities, and minority investments, and Hondros College of Nursing Segment, which consists of the operational activities of HCON.

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