American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by research analysts at BMO Capital Markets in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. They currently have a $24.00 price objective on the stock. BMO Capital Markets’ price target would suggest a potential downside of 6.25% from the company’s previous close.

Several other analysts also recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub downgraded shares of American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $29.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a report on Monday, December 4th. TheStreet upgraded shares of American Public Education from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Thursday, November 30th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of American Public Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, 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 for the company in a report on Monday, November 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $27.00.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) traded down $0.10 on Wednesday, reaching $25.60. 105,300 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 55,790. American Public Education has a 1 year low of $17.40 and a 1 year high of $27.40. The firm has a market capitalization of $418.08, a P/E ratio of 21.33, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.42 and a beta of 1.27.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.27 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $73.28 million during 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 firm’s revenue for the quarter was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.02 earnings per share. analysts forecast that American Public Education will post 1.08 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director Barbara Kurshan sold 1,524 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $26.50, for a total transaction of $40,386.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 7,210 shares in the company, valued at $191,065. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Corporate insiders own 3.59% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of APEI. FMR LLC grew its position in American Public Education by 27.4% during the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 803,108 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,994,000 after buying an additional 172,608 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its position in American Public Education by 6.6% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,472,157 shares of the company’s stock valued at $34,817,000 after buying an additional 91,767 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its position in American Public Education by 6.4% during the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,161,716 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,475,000 after buying an additional 69,379 shares during the period. Macquarie Group Ltd. bought a new position in American Public Education during the third quarter valued at about $1,022,000. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its position in American Public Education by 36.2% during the third quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 111,006 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,337,000 after buying an additional 29,516 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 90.91% of the company’s stock.

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About American Public Education

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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