News headlines about Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Strayer Education earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the health services provider an impact score of 46.9347062772896 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
STRA has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. ValuEngine raised Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 target price for the company in a report on Friday, January 5th. BidaskClub raised Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 15th. TheStreet cut Strayer Education from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $96.00 price target on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Monday, December 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Strayer Education currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $100.75.
Shares of Strayer Education stock opened at $102.28 on Thursday. Strayer Education has a fifty-two week low of $75.84 and a fifty-two week high of $104.85. The company has a market capitalization of $1,161.11, a P/E ratio of 56.20, a P/E/G ratio of 2.63 and a beta of 0.92.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 19th. Investors of record on Monday, March 12th were given a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.98%. Strayer Education’s payout ratio is 54.95%.
In related news, CAO Thomas J. Aprahamian sold 2,964 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $91.11, for a total value of $270,050.04. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 13,980 shares in the company, valued at $1,273,717.80. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CFO Daniel Wayne Jackson sold 19,097 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.39, for a total value of $1,783,468.83. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 58,015 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,418,020.85. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 34,043 shares of company stock valued at $3,181,155 over the last quarter. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
About Strayer Education
Strayer Education, Inc is an education services holding company. The Company provides post-secondary education and other academic programs, through its subsidiaries, Strayer University (the University) and New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA). As of December 31, 2016, the University offered undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration and criminal justice at 74 physical campuses located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States, and online.
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