American Public Education (APEI) Upgraded at ValuEngine

ValuEngine upgraded shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

APEI has been the subject of a number of other reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of American Public Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a hold rating and issued a $24.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of American Public Education from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Thursday, December 14th. TheStreet upgraded shares of American Public Education from a c rating to a b- rating in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. Finally, Piper Jaffray reiterated a hold rating and issued a $29.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a report on Monday, December 4th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $34.67.

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Shares of American Public Education stock opened at $42.55 on Monday. The stock has a market capitalization of $700.73, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.14, a PEG ratio of 1.87 and a beta of 0.67. American Public Education has a one year low of $17.40 and a one year high of $45.75.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $78.09 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $76.25 million. American Public Education had a net margin of 7.06% and a return on equity of 7.59%. equities analysts predict that American Public Education will post 1.53 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Eric C. Andersen sold 3,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.80, for a total transaction of $146,300.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 8,555 shares in the company, valued at $357,599. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Amy Panzarella sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.00, for a total transaction of $70,000.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 7,007 shares in the company, valued at approximately $245,245. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 19,800 shares of company stock worth $780,745. Corporate insiders own 3.59% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of American Public Education during the fourth quarter valued at about $223,000. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan increased its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 39.5% during the fourth quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 27,440 shares of the company’s stock valued at $688,000 after acquiring an additional 7,770 shares in the last quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP increased its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 29.7% during the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP now owns 40,382 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,012,000 after acquiring an additional 9,259 shares in the last quarter. Stone Ridge Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of American Public Education during the fourth quarter valued at about $416,000. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG increased its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 372.0% during the fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 84,703 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,120,000 after acquiring an additional 66,759 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.59% of the company’s stock.

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American Public Education Company Profile

American Public Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates through two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 108 degree programs and 109 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health science, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence, and homeland security.

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