Strayer Education (STRA) Receives News Sentiment Score of 0.18

Media stories about Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Strayer Education earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the health services provider an impact score of 46.4999369927954 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Strayer Education (NASDAQ STRA) traded down 0.78% on Friday, reaching $77.25. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 81,570 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $826.65 million, a P/E ratio of 24.00 and a beta of 0.90. Strayer Education has a 52-week low of $44.63 and a 52-week high of $95.74. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $85.74 and a 200 day moving average price of $84.68.

Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The health services provider reported $0.92 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the 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 during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $113.68 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.72 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts anticipate that Strayer Education will post $3.33 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 18th. Investors of record on Tuesday, September 5th will be given a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 1st. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.29%. Strayer Education’s dividend payout ratio is presently 31.15%.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on STRA shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 16th. BidaskClub downgraded Strayer Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $87.00 price target on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Friday, July 28th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $100.00 price target on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Thursday, July 20th. Finally, First Analysis increased their price objective on Strayer Education from $76.00 to $95.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Monday, May 15th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. Strayer Education currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $83.75.

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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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