Aspen Group (ASPU) Lowered to Sell at Zacks Investment Research

Aspen Group (NASDAQ:ASPU) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “Aspen Group, Inc. is an online post-secondary education company. It offers certificate programs and associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs in a range of areas, including business and organization management, education, nursing, information technology, and general studies. Aspen Group, Inc. is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. “

ASPU has been the topic of several other reports. Craig Hallum started coverage on Aspen Group in a research report on Monday. They issued a “buy” rating and a $12.00 target price on the stock. Taglich Brothers reaffirmed a “speculative buy” rating on shares of Aspen Group in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. Finally, Roth Capital increased their target price on Aspen Group from $9.60 to $12.25 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 14th.

Shares of Aspen Group (ASPU) traded up $0.49 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $7.80. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 48,372 shares, compared to its average volume of 47,706. Aspen Group has a one year low of $3.05 and a one year high of $9.61. The stock has a market cap of $112.71, a price-to-earnings ratio of -45.88 and a beta of 0.57. The company has a current ratio of 3.12, a quick ratio of 3.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.58.

Aspen Group (NASDAQ:ASPU) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, December 13th. The technology company reported ($0.04) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.03) by ($0.01). Aspen Group had a negative return on equity of 32.02% and a negative net margin of 11.48%. analysts forecast that Aspen Group will post -0.33 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. P.A.W. Capital Corp purchased a new position in shares of Aspen Group in the 3rd quarter worth $1,570,000. Royce & Associates LP purchased a new position in shares of Aspen Group in the 3rd quarter worth $553,000. Finally, Unterberg Capital LLC purchased a new position in shares of Aspen Group in the 3rd quarter worth $2,355,000. 5.63% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About Aspen Group

Aspen Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company’s subsidiary, Aspen University Inc (Aspen), is dedicated to provide the education experiences taught by professors. Aspen offers approximately two monthly payment programs, a monthly payment plan in which students make payments every month over a fixed period (36, 39 or 72 months depending on the degree program) and a monthly installment plan in which students pay over three monthly installments (day 1, day 31 and day 61 after the start of each course).

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