Stifel Nicolaus reissued their buy rating on shares of Laureate Education Inc. (NASDAQ:LAUR) in a research report report published on Thursday, Marketbeat reports. They currently have a $18.00 price objective on the stock, down from their previous price objective of $21.00.

Several other equities analysts have also issued reports on LAUR. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a buy rating and issued a $17.00 target price on shares of Laureate Education in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Laureate Education from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $16.98.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) traded down $0.27 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $11.34. 911,600 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 605,261. The company has a current ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.94. Laureate Education has a 1-year low of $11.03 and a 1-year high of $18.96.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The company reported ($1.02) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.61) by ($0.41). The firm had revenue of $983.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $972.59 million. Laureate Education had a negative net margin of 1.47% and a negative return on equity of 2.66%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.8% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that Laureate Education will post -0.98 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In other Laureate Education news, COO Ricardo M. Berckemeyer sold 47,983 shares of Laureate Education stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.29, for a total value of $685,677.07. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Insiders own 13.10% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Quantbot Technologies LP bought a new stake in Laureate Education in the second quarter valued at $122,000. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new stake in Laureate Education in the third quarter valued at $138,000. Nationwide Fund Advisors bought a new stake in Laureate Education in the first quarter valued at $146,000. First Mercantile Trust Co. bought a new stake in Laureate Education in the second quarter valued at $150,000. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc increased its stake in Laureate Education by 61.2% in the second quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 8,532 shares of the company’s stock valued at $150,000 after purchasing an additional 3,240 shares in the last quarter. 20.77% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Laureate Education

Laureate Education, Inc provides higher education programs and services to students through an international network of licensed universities and higher education institutions (institutions). The Company’s programs are provided through institutions that are campus-based and Internet-based, or through electronically distributed educational programs (online).

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