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Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) was upgraded by equities researchers at BMO Capital Markets from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued on Friday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports.

In other Capella Education Company news, Director Jeffrey Taylor sold 1,400 shares of Capella Education Company stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.16, for a total value of $84,224.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 13,379 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $804,881. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

A number of other analysts have also recently weighed in on CPLA. Analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Capella Education Company in a research note on Friday, May 2nd. They now have a $60.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Deutsche Bank reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Capella Education Company in a research note on Wednesday, April 30th. They now have a $60.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $64.00. Finally, analysts at First Analysis upgraded shares of Capella Education Company from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, April 28th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $56.25.

Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) opened at 56.21 on Friday. Capella Education Company has a 1-year low of $39.58 and a 1-year high of $73.00. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $58.28 and its 200-day moving average is $63.25. The company has a market cap of $690.9 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.94.

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 29th. The company reported $0.70 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $105.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $104.60 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.70 earnings per share. Capella Education Company’s revenue was up .4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Capella Education Company will post $2.93 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 10th. Investors of record on Wednesday, June 11th will be given a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.49%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, June 9th.

Capella Education Company is an online postsecondary education services company. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Capella University, the Company offers a range of doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s programs in public service leadership, behavioral health and human services, business management and technology, and education.

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