Media stories about Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Strayer Education earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the health services provider an impact score of 46.3349598825177 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Strayer Education (STRA) opened at 79.07 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $87.77 and its 200 day moving average price is $84.78. Strayer Education has a 1-year low of $44.63 and a 1-year high of $95.74. The firm has a market cap of $846.13 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.56 and a beta of 0.90.

Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The health services provider reported $0.92 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $112.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $113.68 million. Strayer Education had a return on equity of 17.65% and a net margin of 7.90%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.72 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Strayer Education will post $3.33 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 18th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, September 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.26%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 1st. Strayer Education’s dividend payout ratio is presently 31.15%.

STRA has been the topic of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 16th. BidaskClub lowered Strayer Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Strayer Education in a research note on Friday, July 21st. First Analysis increased their target price on Strayer Education from $76.00 to $95.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reissued a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of Strayer Education in a research note on Thursday, July 20th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. Strayer Education currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $83.75.

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About Strayer Education

Strayer Education, Inc is an education services holding company. The Company provides post-secondary education and other academic programs, through its subsidiaries, Strayer University (the University) and New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA). As of December 31, 2016, the University offered undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration and criminal justice at 74 physical campuses located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States, and online.

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