Shares of Capella Education Co. (NASDAQ:CPLA) saw strong trading volume on Tuesday . 111,452 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 26% from the previous session’s volume of 88,362 shares.The stock last traded at $55.99 and had previously closed at $54.89.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Thursday, April 28th. Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “buy” rating on shares of Capella Education in a research report on Wednesday, June 8th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $54.20.

The stock has a market capitalization of $663.08 million and a P/E ratio of 17.52. The company has a 50-day moving average of $52.47 and a 200-day moving average of $49.49.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 26th. The company reported $0.78 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.03. The business earned $105.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $105.16 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.80 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Capella Education Co. will post $3.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, May 25th will be given a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, May 23rd. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.76%.

In other Capella Education news, Director Stephen G. Shank sold 5,650 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, April 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.95, for a total value of $287,867.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Stephen G. Shank sold 103,257 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.69, for a total value of $5,234,097.33. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have made changes to their positions in CPLA. California State Teachers Retirement System raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 22,604 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,045,000 after buying an additional 300 shares during the period. First Trust Advisors LP raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 41,741 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,929,000 after buying an additional 1,708 shares during the period. WBI Investments Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Capella Education during the fourth quarter worth about $2,808,000. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 31.8% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 61,069 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,823,000 after buying an additional 14,736 shares during the period. Finally, Matarin Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Capella Education during the fourth quarter worth about $5,595,000.

Capella Education Company is an online postsecondary education services company. The Company’s academic programs are delivered through its subsidiary, Capella University (the University), which is an online academic institution offering online postsecondary education services primarily to working adults.

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