American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) shares reached a new 52-week high during trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $30.74 and last traded at $30.22, with a volume of 44,129 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $29.19.

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

The company’s 50 day moving average is $28.37 and its 200-day moving average is $22.94. The company has a market cap of $488.10 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.79.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its earnings results on Monday, May 9th. The company reported $0.64 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.50 by $0.14. The company earned $83.97 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $82.59 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.51 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts anticipate that American Public Education Inc. will post $2.01 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other American Public Education news, EVP Carol S. Gilbert sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 11th. The stock was 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 in the company, valued at $1,322,619.15. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in American Public Education stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position 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 firm 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 at the end of the most recent 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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