Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky continued to hold its stake in Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 4,400 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the first quarter. Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky’s holdings in Capella Education were worth $374,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of CPLA. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. increased its stake in Capella Education by 3.5% in the first quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 108,473 shares of the company’s stock worth $9,223,000 after buying an additional 3,656 shares in the last quarter. Credit Suisse AG increased its stake in Capella Education by 21.8% in the first quarter. Credit Suisse AG now owns 18,680 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,588,000 after buying an additional 3,345 shares in the last quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC increased its stake in Capella Education by 41.8% in the first quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 153,373 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,041,000 after buying an additional 45,237 shares in the last quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC increased its stake in Capella Education by 1.1% in the first quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC now owns 27,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,313,000 after buying an additional 286 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp increased its stake in Capella Education by 2.2% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 300,358 shares of the company’s stock valued at $25,548,000 after buying an additional 6,579 shares in the last quarter. 89.37% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Capella Education Company (CPLA) traded up 2.28% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $69.65. 50,738 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a market capitalization of $812.89 million, a PE ratio of 17.98 and a beta of 0.49. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $84.07 and a 200-day moving average price of $84.90. Capella Education Company has a 12-month low of $56.88 and a 12-month high of $99.25.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.90 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.10. Capella Education had a net margin of 10.49% and a return on equity of 20.23%. The business had revenue of $109.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $109.89 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.93 earnings per share. Capella Education’s quarterly revenue was up 2.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Capella Education Company will post $3.54 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 25th will be given a dividend of $0.41 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 23rd. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.35%. Capella Education’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 42.38%.

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Several analysts have weighed in on CPLA shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Barrington Research lowered their price target on shares of Capella Education from $98.00 to $90.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. BMO Capital Markets lowered their price target on shares of Capella Education from $86.00 to $79.45 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Capella Education from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $87.69.

In other Capella Education news, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.18, for a total transaction of $164,360.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CFO Steven L. Polacek sold 3,576 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, May 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.51, for a total transaction of $334,391.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 21,576 shares of company stock valued at $1,878,152 in the last quarter. 3.56% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Capella Education Company Profile

Capella Education Company is an education services company. The Company provides direct path between learning and employment through its online postsecondary education offerings and through programs to develop job-ready skills for demand markets. The company’s segments include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment.

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