State Street Corp raised its stake in shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) by 2.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 300,358 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 6,579 shares during the period. State Street Corp owned 2.59% of Capella Education worth $25,548,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of the stock. FMR LLC boosted its stake in Capella Education by 21.4% in the fourth quarter. FMR LLC now owns 36,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,240,000 after buying an additional 6,500 shares in the last quarter. M&T Bank Corp boosted its stake in Capella Education by 5.0% in the first quarter. M&T Bank Corp now owns 3,157 shares of the company’s stock valued at $268,000 after buying an additional 150 shares in the last quarter. Swiss National Bank boosted its stake in Capella Education by 3.3% in the first quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 19,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,615,000 after buying an additional 600 shares in the last quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted its stake in Capella Education by 23.8% in the first quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 10,776 shares of the company’s stock valued at $916,000 after buying an additional 2,071 shares in the last quarter. Finally, LSV Asset Management boosted its stake in Capella Education by 8.7% in the first quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 24,843 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,112,000 after buying an additional 1,998 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 89.08% of the company’s stock.

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ CPLA) remained flat at $69.65 during mid-day trading on Monday. 4,786 shares of the company were exchanged. The firm has a market capitalization of $812.89 million, a PE ratio of 17.98 and a beta of 0.49. Capella Education Company has a 12-month low of $56.88 and a 12-month high of $99.25. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $84.07 and its 200 day moving average price is $84.90.

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

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

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Several analysts recently commented on CPLA shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $97.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, April 18th. BidaskClub cut Capella Education from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday. Barrington Research raised their target price on Capella Education from $85.00 to $98.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lowered their target price on Capella Education from $86.00 to $79.45 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $87.69.

In other Capella Education news, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $86.31, for a total transaction of $172,620.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 18,000 shares of company stock worth $1,543,760. Company insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA)

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