Strayer Education Inc. (NASDAQ:STRA) traded up 4.2% on Friday . The company traded as high as $50.21 and last traded at $50.07, with a volume of 140,541 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $48.04.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, April 28th. Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “hold” rating on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Wednesday, June 8th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price objective on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.50.

The company has a market cap of $532.07 million and a PE ratio of 14.60. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $48.20 and its 200-day moving average price is $47.41.

Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.72 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.04 by $0.32. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.11 EPS. The company had revenue of $108.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $109.21 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Strayer Education Inc. will post $3.20 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Strayer Education stock. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its stake in Strayer Education Inc. (NASDAQ:STRA) by 1.7% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 59,712 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,000 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System owned about 0.56% of Strayer Education worth $3,590,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Strayer Education, Inc is an education services holding company. The Company provides post-secondary education services. The Company offers a range of academic programs through its subsidiaries, Strayer University, Inc (the University) and New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA). The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, public administration and criminal justice at approximately 80 physical campuses located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States, and online.

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