American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) rose 2.7% during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $29.69 and last traded at $29.42, with a volume of 50,899 shares. The stock had previously closed at $28.64.

APEI has been the topic of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $31.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 11th. TheStreet upgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 15th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $26.50.

The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $28.20 and its 200 day moving average price is $22.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $477.18 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.46.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its earnings results on Monday, May 9th. The company reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.50 by $0.14. The firm earned $83.97 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $82.59 million. During the same quarter last 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. Analysts predict that American Public Education Inc. will post $2.01 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other American Public Education news, EVP Carol S. Gilbert sold 1,000 shares of the business’s 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 owns 51,685 shares in the company, valued at $1,322,619.15. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in American Public Education stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) by 6.4% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 660,497 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 39,865 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned approximately 4.06% of American Public Education worth $12,293,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

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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