American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eight analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have issued a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $41.33.

Several analysts have issued reports on APEI shares. Zacks Investment Research raised American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 7th. Barrington Research reissued a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 price target on shares of American Public Education in a report on Monday, October 22nd. BidaskClub raised American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, TheStreet lowered American Public Education from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 7th.

American Public Education stock traded down $0.09 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $29.41. 3,562 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 85,349. The stock has a market cap of $484.35 million, a PE ratio of 22.51, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.19 and a beta of 0.58. American Public Education has a 12-month low of $23.15 and a 12-month high of $46.15.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 6th. The company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.31 by $0.02. American Public Education had a return on equity of 8.77% and a net margin of 8.35%. The company had revenue of $72.99 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $72.24 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.27 earnings per share. American Public Education’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that American Public Education will post 1.59 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 12,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total value of $432,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 367,001 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $13,212,036. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 12,300 shares of company stock valued at $440,634. Corporate insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC bought a new position in shares of American Public Education in the third quarter worth about $200,000. United Services Automobile Association purchased a new stake in shares of American Public Education in the second quarter worth about $202,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of American Public Education by 42.5% in the third quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 6,431 shares of the company’s stock worth $213,000 after buying an additional 1,917 shares in the last quarter. AXA purchased a new stake in shares of American Public Education in the third quarter worth about $225,000. Finally, Trexquant Investment LP purchased a new stake in shares of American Public Education in the third quarter worth about $232,000. 93.62% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

American Public Education Company Profile

American Public Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates through two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 108 degree programs and 109 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health science, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence, and homeland security.

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