News stories about American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) have trended positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Public Education earned a media sentiment score of 0.31 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 47.5059392624939 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) Director Eric C. Andersen Sells 3,500 Shares (americanbankingnews.com)
- American Public Education (APEI) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by BMO Capital Markets (americanbankingnews.com)
- American Public Education to Webcast First Quarter 2018 Results Conference Call (finance.yahoo.com)
- Financial Survey: American Public Education (APEI) versus Marine Products (MPX) (americanbankingnews.com)
- American Public Education, Inc. Forecasted to Earn Q2 2018 Earnings of $0.29 Per Share (APEI) (americanbankingnews.com)
Several research firms have recently weighed in on APEI. TheStreet lowered American Public Education from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. BidaskClub raised American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and set a $29.00 price target on shares of American Public Education in a research report on Monday, December 4th. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price objective on American Public Education from $24.00 to $27.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $33.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, March 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $34.67.
American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.51 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $78.09 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $76.25 million. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.59% and a net margin of 7.06%. analysts expect that American Public Education will post 1.53 EPS for the current year.
In other American Public Education news, Director Eric C. Andersen sold 3,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.80, for a total transaction of $146,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 8,555 shares in the company, valued at approximately $357,599. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Amy Panzarella sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.00, for a total value of $70,000.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 7,007 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $245,245. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 7,300 shares of company stock valued at $262,245. 3.59% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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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