Apollo Education Group Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL) shares fell 0.1% during trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $8.92 and last traded at $9.03, with a volume of 513,203 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $9.04.

A number of brokerages have commented on APOL. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Apollo Education Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 7th. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of Apollo Education Group in a research note on Thursday, March 17th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $9.00 price target on shares of Apollo Education Group in a research note on Sunday, April 10th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Apollo Education Group in a research note on Saturday, April 9th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.32.

The firm has a 50-day moving average of $9.14 and a 200-day moving average of $8.31. The firm’s market capitalization is $983.21 million.

Apollo Education Group (NASDAQ:APOL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 7th. The company reported $0.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.09. The firm earned $558 million during the quarter. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.53 earnings per share. Apollo Education Group’s revenue for the quarter was down 17.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that Apollo Education Group Inc. will post $0.27 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Globeflex Capital L P increased its stake in Apollo Education Group by 319.0% in the fourth quarter. Globeflex Capital L P now owns 138,180 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,060,000 after buying an additional 105,200 shares in the last quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP increased its stake in Apollo Education Group by 22.2% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 144,679 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,110,000 after buying an additional 26,292 shares in the last quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC increased its stake in Apollo Education Group by 45.8% in the fourth quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 147,122 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,129,000 after buying an additional 46,192 shares in the last quarter. Engineers Gate Manager LP increased its stake in Apollo Education Group by 89.2% in the fourth quarter. Engineers Gate Manager LP now owns 208,383 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,598,000 after buying an additional 98,221 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Systematic Financial Management LP increased its stake in Apollo Education Group by 29.0% in the fourth quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP now owns 241,664 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,853,000 after buying an additional 54,345 shares in the last quarter.

Apollo Education Group, Inc is a private education provider. The Company offers undergraduate, graduate, certificate and non-degree educational programs and services, online and on-campus, principally to working learners in the United States and abroad. The Company’s segments are University of Phoenix, Apollo Global and Other.

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