American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) saw strong trading volume on Tuesday . 129,106 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 9% from the previous session’s volume of 118,893 shares.The stock last traded at $29.25 and had previously closed at $28.49.

A number of analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. TheStreet raised shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 15th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. American Public Education has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $26.50.

The stock has a market capitalization of $465.62 million and a PE ratio of 14.11. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $27.61 and a 200 day moving average price of $21.58.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 9th. The company reported $0.64 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.50 by $0.14. The firm earned $83.97 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $82.59 million. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.51 EPS. Equities analysts anticipate that American Public Education Inc. will post $2.01 EPS for the current year.

In other news, EVP Carol S. Gilbert sold 1,000 shares of American Public Education stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.59, for a total value of $25,590.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 51,685 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,322,619.15. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

Other hedge funds recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Morgan Stanley boosted its stake in American Public Education by 155.7% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 87,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,628,000 after buying an additional 53,286 shares during the period. GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted its stake in American Public Education by 102.6% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 90,507 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,684,000 after buying an additional 45,842 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in American Public Education by 6.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 660,497 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,293,000 after buying an additional 39,865 shares during the period. Finally, Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC boosted its stake in American Public Education by 6.3% in the fourth quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 77,026 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,433,000 after buying an additional 4,577 shares during the period.

American Public Education, Inc is a provider of online and on-campus postsecondary education. The Company’s segments include American Public Education Segment (APEI Segment), which consists of the operational activities of APUS, other corporate activities and minority investments, and Hondros College of Nursing Segment (HCON Segment), which consists of the operational activities of HCON.

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