Amy Panzarella Sells 2,000 Shares of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) Stock

American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) SVP Amy Panzarella sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.00, for a total transaction of $70,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 7,007 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $245,245. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

American Public Education stock traded up $4.75 during trading on Friday, reaching $43.00. The stock had a trading volume of 661,260 shares, compared to its average volume of 250,132. American Public Education, Inc. has a 52-week low of $17.40 and a 52-week high of $45.75. The company has a market capitalization of $704.81, a P/E ratio of 33.33, a P/E/G ratio of 1.88 and a beta of 0.93.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.33 by $0.18. American Public Education had a net margin of 7.06% and a return on equity of 7.59%. The company had revenue of $78.09 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $76.25 million. analysts predict that American Public Education, Inc. will post 1.53 EPS for the current year.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Bailard Inc. acquired a new stake in American Public Education during the fourth quarter worth approximately $376,000. Arizona State Retirement System acquired a new stake in American Public Education during the fourth quarter worth approximately $685,000. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its holdings in American Public Education by 6.6% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,472,157 shares of the company’s stock worth $34,817,000 after purchasing an additional 91,767 shares in the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. acquired a new stake in American Public Education during the third quarter worth approximately $1,022,000. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its holdings in American Public Education by 22.7% during the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 136,231 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,413,000 after purchasing an additional 25,225 shares in the last quarter. 90.59% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on APEI shares. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price target on shares of American Public Education from $27.00 to $42.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 20th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 21st. TheStreet upgraded shares of American Public Education from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $33.00 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, March 5th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $34.67.

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About American Public Education

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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