Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) Earning Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Strayer Education earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the health services provider an impact score of 46.9347062772896 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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A number of brokerages have recently commented on STRA. TheStreet downgraded Strayer Education from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 13th. BidaskClub upgraded Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 15th. BMO Capital Markets reduced their price target on Strayer Education from $112.00 to $95.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Monday, March 5th. ValuEngine cut Strayer Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Piper Jaffray raised Strayer Education from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $100.75.

NASDAQ STRA traded up $1.78 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $101.05. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 82,385 shares, compared to its average volume of 97,142. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,116.35, a price-to-earnings ratio of 55.52, a PEG ratio of 2.53 and a beta of 0.92. Strayer Education has a 1-year low of $75.84 and a 1-year high of $104.85.

Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The health services provider reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.29 by ($0.20). Strayer Education had a net margin of 4.53% and a return on equity of 17.75%. The firm had revenue of $118.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $121.50 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.07 EPS. Strayer Education’s revenue was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that Strayer Education will post 3.96 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 19th. Shareholders of record on Monday, March 12th were issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.99%. Strayer Education’s payout ratio is currently 54.95%.

In related news, insider Brian W. Jones sold 3,239 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $101.86, for a total value of $329,924.54. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CAO Thomas J. Aprahamian sold 2,964 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $91.11, for a total value of $270,050.04. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 13,980 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,273,717.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 34,043 shares of company stock valued at $3,181,155 in the last three months. Insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

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Strayer Education Company Profile

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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