American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) shares rose 1.2% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $29.87 and last traded at $29.36, with a volume of 55,657 shares. The stock had previously closed at $29.00.

APEI has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. TheStreet raised American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 15th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $26.50.

The company has a market cap of $470.92 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.27. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $27.67 and a 200 day moving average of $21.64.

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

In other news, EVP Carol S. Gilbert sold 1,000 shares of American Public Education stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.59, for a total value of $25,590.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 51,685 shares in the company, valued at $1,322,619.15. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Morgan Stanley raised its position in shares of American Public Education by 155.7% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 87,500 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,628,000 after buying an additional 53,286 shares in the last quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its position in shares of American Public Education by 102.6% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 90,507 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,684,000 after buying an additional 45,842 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in shares of American Public Education by 6.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 660,497 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,293,000 after buying an additional 39,865 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC raised its position in shares of 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 valued at $1,433,000 after buying an additional 4,577 shares in the last quarter.

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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