Strayer Education (STRA) Given Media Sentiment Rating of 0.18

Press coverage about Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Strayer Education earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the health services provider an impact score of 46.4999369927954 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Several analysts have weighed in on the company. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective on shares of Strayer Education in a research report on Thursday, July 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Strayer Education in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Zacks Investment Research raised Strayer Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 17th. First Analysis boosted their target price on Strayer Education from $76.00 to $95.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Finally, BidaskClub cut Strayer Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $83.75.

Strayer Education (STRA) traded down 0.16% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $79.07. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 49,545 shares. The company has a market cap of $846.13 million, a P/E ratio of 24.56 and a beta of 0.90. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $87.77 and a 200-day moving average price of $84.78. Strayer Education has a 12-month low of $44.63 and a 12-month high of $95.74.

Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The health services provider reported $0.92 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.05. Strayer Education had a return on equity of 17.65% and a net margin of 7.90%. The business had revenue of $112.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $113.68 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.72 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Strayer Education will post $3.33 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 18th. Investors of record on Tuesday, September 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 1st. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.26%. Strayer Education’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 31.15%.

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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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