Shares of American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) were down 2.2% during trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as $28.23 and last traded at $28.55, with a volume of 65,602 shares. The stock had previously closed at $29.20.

Several analysts recently commented on APEI shares. TheStreet raised American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 15th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $31.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, May 11th. 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 an average target price of $26.50.

The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $28.12 and a 200-day moving average price of $22.54. The stock has a market capitalization of $459.84 million and a PE ratio of 13.94.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 9th. The company reported $0.64 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.14. The business earned $83.97 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $82.59 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.51 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast 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 business’s stock in a transaction 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 sale, the executive vice president now owns 51,685 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,322,619.15. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Other hedge funds have modified their holdings of the company. 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 valued at $12,293,000 after buying an additional 39,865 shares in the last quarter. 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 valued at $1,684,000 after buying an additional 45,842 shares in the last quarter. 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 valued at $1,628,000 after buying an additional 53,286 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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