American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) Rating Reiterated by Piper Jaffray Companies

Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated their hold rating on shares of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday, October 17th. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a $26.00 target price on the stock.

Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the company. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a report on Friday, August 11th. ValuEngine lowered American Public Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised American Public Education from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered American Public Education from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have assigned a hold rating to the stock. American Public Education presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $23.67.

American Public Education (NASDAQ APEI) traded down $0.20 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $20.35. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 15,163 shares, compared to its average volume of 38,437. The stock has a market cap of $333.91, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.06, a PEG ratio of 4.02 and a beta of 1.13. American Public Education has a 1-year low of $14.75 and a 1-year high of $27.20.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 8th. The company reported $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.23. The company had revenue of $72.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $70.40 million. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.87% and a net margin of 5.18%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 5.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.41 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that American Public Education will post 1.02 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Russell Investments Group Ltd. lifted its position in American Public Education by 28.9% in the second quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 32,127 shares of the company’s stock valued at $760,000 after purchasing an additional 7,206 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its position in American Public Education by 3.3% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 119,094 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,727,000 after purchasing an additional 3,838 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its position in American Public Education by 5.6% in the first quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 64,046 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,467,000 after purchasing an additional 3,420 shares during the period. Texas Permanent School Fund lifted its position in shares of American Public Education by 1.0% during the 2nd quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 11,853 shares of the company’s stock valued at $280,000 after acquiring an additional 119 shares during the period. Finally, FMR LLC lifted its position in shares of American Public Education by 27.4% during the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 803,108 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,994,000 after acquiring an additional 172,608 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.42% of the company’s stock.

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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