Piper Jaffray Companies reissued their hold rating on shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) in a research report released on Monday. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a $29.00 price target on the stock.

A number of other equities analysts also recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Public Education from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, August 11th. TheStreet upgraded American Public Education from a c rating to a b- rating in a research note on Thursday, November 30th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a hold rating and issued a $19.00 price target on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Friday, August 11th. ValuEngine upgraded American Public Education from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded American Public Education from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Saturday, August 26th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $25.67.

American Public Education (APEI) opened at $26.20 on Monday. American Public Education has a 52-week low of $17.40 and a 52-week high of $27.40. The company has a market capitalization of $435.16, a PE ratio of 22.29, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.48 and a beta of 1.26.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.06. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.20% and a net margin of 6.54%. The business had revenue of $73.28 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $71.06 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.02 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that American Public Education will post 1.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of APEI. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio boosted its stake in 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 valued at $149,000 after acquiring an additional 910 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its stake in 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 acquiring an additional 1,850 shares during the period. Arizona State Retirement System acquired a new position in American Public Education in the second quarter valued at approximately $201,000. Brandywine Global Investment Management LLC acquired a new position in American Public Education in the second quarter valued at approximately $209,000. Finally, Susquehanna International Group LLP acquired a new position in American Public Education in the third quarter valued at approximately $214,000. Institutional investors own 90.91% of the company’s stock.

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About American Public Education

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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