Media coverage about American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) has trended positive recently, Accern reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. American Public Education earned a news sentiment score of 0.31 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 47.5059392624939 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
- American Public Education (APEI) Lifted to “Strong-Buy” at ValuEngine (americanbankingnews.com)
- President and CEO of American Public Education Inc (NASDAQ:APEI), Boston Wallace E. Jr., sells 10,000 shares worth $407,991 (empowerednews.net)
- American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) Insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston Sells 10,000 Shares (americanbankingnews.com)
- American Public Education (APEI) PT Raised to $20.00 (americanbankingnews.com)
- American Public Education (APEI) Upgraded to “Buy” by ValuEngine (americanbankingnews.com)
APEI has been the subject of several research analyst reports. BidaskClub raised American Public Education from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, February 10th. ValuEngine upgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. TheStreet downgraded American Public Education from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price target on American Public Education from $27.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded 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 report on Monday, March 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. American Public Education currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $34.67.
American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.51 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $78.09 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $76.25 million. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.59% and a net margin of 7.06%. sell-side analysts forecast that American Public Education will post 1.53 earnings per share for the current year.
In related news, SVP Amy Panzarella sold 2,000 shares of American Public Education stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.00, for a total transaction of $70,000.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 7,007 shares in the company, valued at $245,245. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 10,000 shares of American Public Education stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.80, for a total value of $408,000.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 395,001 shares in the company, valued at $16,116,040.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 19,800 shares of company stock worth $780,745. Corporate insiders own 3.59% of the company’s stock.
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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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