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

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 12th. TheStreet upgraded 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 issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $26.50.

The firm has a market cap of $461.45 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.9854. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $28.10 and a 200-day moving average price of $22.45.

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

In related news, EVP Carol S. Gilbert sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 11th. The stock was 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 legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in APEI. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted 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 worth $12,293,000 after buying an additional 39,865 shares during the period. GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted 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 worth $1,684,000 after buying an additional 45,842 shares during the period. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted its stake 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 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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