American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) shares hit a new 52-week high on Wednesday . The stock traded as high as $30.43 and last traded at $29.14, with a volume of 27,514 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $30.29.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 12th. TheStreet upgraded shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note 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. American Public Education has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $26.50.

The stock has a market cap of $466.75 million and a P/E ratio of 14.15. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $28.03 and its 200-day moving average price is $22.35.

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

In related news, EVP Carol S. Gilbert sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.59, for a total transaction of $25,590.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 51,685 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,322,619.15. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors recently modified their holdings of the company. 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 worth $1,628,000 after buying an additional 53,286 shares during the last quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP increased its stake 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. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake 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.

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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