American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) – Stock analysts at First Analysis issued their Q4 2017 EPS estimates for shares of American Public Education in a report issued on Wednesday. First Analysis analyst C. Greendale forecasts that the company will earn $0.27 per share for the quarter.

Other equities analysts also recently issued reports about the stock. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $24.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a report on Wednesday, May 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of American Public Education from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. American Public Education currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $24.67.

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Shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ APEI) traded up 0.79% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $19.10. 12,717 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm has a market cap of $310.34 million, a P/E ratio of 20.06 and a beta of 1.17. American Public Education has a 12-month low of $14.75 and a 12-month high of $27.20. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $22.53 and its 200 day moving average is $22.74.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The company reported $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.23. The business had revenue of $72.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $70.40 million. American Public Education had a net margin of 5.18% and a return on equity of 7.95%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 5.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.41 EPS.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 16.2% in the first quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 6,524 shares of the company’s stock worth $149,000 after buying an additional 910 shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its stake in shares of American Public Education by 38.9% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 6,601 shares of the company’s stock valued at $156,000 after buying an additional 1,850 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System acquired a new stake in shares of American Public Education during the second quarter valued at approximately $201,000. OppenheimerFunds Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of American Public Education during the first quarter valued at approximately $258,000. Finally, Valley National Advisers Inc. boosted its stake in shares of American Public Education by 39.8% in the first quarter. Valley National Advisers Inc. now owns 11,604 shares of the company’s stock valued at $266,000 after buying an additional 3,301 shares in the last quarter. 93.52% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

American Public Education Company Profile

American Public Education, Inc provides online and on-campus postsecondary education. The Company provides postsecondary education through its subsidiary institutions, American Public University System, Inc (APUS) and Hondros College of Nursing (HCON). It operates through two segments: American Public Education Segment, which consists of the operational activities of APUS, other corporate activities, and minority investments, and Hondros College of Nursing Segment, which consists of the operational activities of HCON.

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