American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI)’s share price fell 1.6% on Monday . The stock traded as low as $21.33 and last traded at $21.40, with a volume of 64,178 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $21.75.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on APEI. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 3rd. Piper Jaffray Cos. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $24.00 price objective (down previously from $25.00) on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Wednesday, August 10th. Finally, TheStreet cut shares of American Public Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 11th.

The stock has a market capitalization of $343.94 million and a P/E ratio of 10.43. The company’s 50-day moving average is $26.48 and its 200 day moving average is $23.98.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 9th. The company reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.01. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.42 EPS. The firm earned $76.75 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $75.63 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that American Public Education Inc. will post $1.91 EPS for the current year.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in American Public Education stock. Ameriprise Financial Inc. increased its stake in shares of American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) by 23.7% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 95,968 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 18,366 shares during the period. Ameriprise Financial Inc. owned approximately 0.59% of American Public Education worth $1,787,000 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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