Shares of American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) fell 4.1% on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $28.66 and last traded at $28.80, with a volume of 170,863 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $30.03.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on APEI. Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday. TheStreet raised American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 15th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $26.50.

The company has a market cap of $462.41 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.01. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $28.56 and a 200 day moving average price of $23.28.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 9th. The company reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.01. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.42 EPS. The business had revenue of $76.75 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $75.63 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that American Public Education Inc. will post $2.01 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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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