American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Friday.

Several other brokerages have also recently issued reports on APEI. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $28.00 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, November 13th. BMO Capital Markets raised their target price on shares of American Public Education from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and issued a $26.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Saturday, August 26th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $24.67.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) traded down $0.30 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $26.55. 92,096 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 76,877. The stock has a market capitalization of $431.92, a P/E ratio of 22.12, a PEG ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 1.24. American Public Education has a 52-week low of $17.40 and a 52-week high of $27.40.

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

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 6.6% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,472,157 shares of the company’s stock worth $34,817,000 after purchasing an additional 91,767 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in American Public Education by 0.5% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,167,178 shares of the company’s stock valued at $24,569,000 after acquiring an additional 5,462 shares in the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its holdings in American Public Education by 3.1% in the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 841,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $19,904,000 after acquiring an additional 25,700 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC boosted its holdings in American Public Education by 27.4% in the second 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 in the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp boosted its holdings in American Public Education by 4.6% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 401,804 shares of the company’s stock valued at $9,503,000 after acquiring an additional 17,760 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.91% of the company’s stock.

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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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