American Public Education’s (APEI) Hold Rating Reiterated at Piper Jaffray Companies

Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed their hold rating on shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) in a report published on Monday morning. They currently have a $29.00 price objective on the stock.

Several other research analysts have also recently commented on the company. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price target on American Public Education from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a market perform rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised American Public Education from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. ValuEngine raised American Public Education from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. BidaskClub lowered American Public Education from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Saturday, August 26th. Finally, TheStreet raised American Public Education from a c rating to a b- rating in a report on Thursday, November 30th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. American Public Education has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $25.67.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) opened at $26.75 on Monday. American Public Education has a one year low of $17.40 and a one year high of $27.40. The company has a market capitalization of $425.40, a PE ratio of 21.79, a P/E/G ratio of 2.42 and a beta of 1.26.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.27 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.06. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.20% and a net margin of 6.54%. The business had revenue of $73.28 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $71.06 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.02 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that American Public Education will post 1.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in APEI. Teachers Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 7.0% during the first quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 32,143 shares of the company’s stock valued at $736,000 after purchasing an additional 2,094 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 8.1% during the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,380,390 shares of the company’s stock valued at $31,611,000 after purchasing an additional 103,993 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 3.3% during 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 last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 5.1% during the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,092,337 shares of the company’s stock valued at $25,014,000 after purchasing an additional 53,210 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 5.6% during 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 last quarter. 90.91% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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American Public Education Company Profile

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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