BMO Capital Markets Reaffirms Hold Rating for American Public Education, Inc. (APEI)

American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reissued by equities research analysts at BMO Capital Markets in a note issued to investors on Friday. They presently have a $19.00 price objective on the stock. BMO Capital Markets’ target price points to a potential downside of 4.28% from the stock’s current price.

APEI has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $26.00 target price for the company in a report on Thursday, July 27th. BidaskClub downgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd.

Shares of American Public Education (APEI) opened at 19.85 on Friday. American Public Education has a 12 month low of $14.75 and a 12 month high of $27.20. The firm has a market cap of $322.52 million, a P/E ratio of 20.85 and a beta of 1.17. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $22.45 and its 200 day moving average is $22.72.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 8th. The company reported $0.23 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.23. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.87% and a net margin of 5.18%. The firm had revenue of $72.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $70.40 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.41 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down 5.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that American Public Education will post $1.05 EPS for the current year.

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Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 16.2% in the first quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 6,524 shares of the company’s stock worth $149,000 after buying an additional 910 shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 38.9% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 6,601 shares of the company’s stock worth $156,000 after buying an additional 1,850 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System acquired a new position in shares of American Public Education during the second quarter worth approximately $201,000. OppenheimerFunds Inc. acquired a new position in shares of American Public Education during the first quarter worth approximately $258,000. Finally, Valley National Advisers Inc. increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 39.8% in the first quarter. Valley National Advisers Inc. now owns 11,604 shares of the company’s stock worth $266,000 after buying an additional 3,301 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 93.52% of the company’s stock.

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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