Media coverage about American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) has been trending positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Public Education earned a news sentiment score of 0.31 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 47.5059392624939 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

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Several research firms recently commented on APEI. TheStreet raised American Public Education from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $33.00 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, March 5th. ValuEngine raised American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. BMO Capital Markets raised their target price on American Public Education from $24.00 to $27.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Finally, BidaskClub raised American Public Education from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, February 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. American Public Education has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $29.67.

Shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ APEI) opened at $42.40 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $690.89, a PE ratio of 32.87, a P/E/G ratio of 1.87 and a beta of 0.93. American Public Education has a 1-year low of $17.40 and a 1-year high of $42.95.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $78.09 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $76.25 million. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.59% and a net margin of 7.06%. research analysts predict that American Public Education will post 1.5 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other American Public Education news, SVP Amy Panzarella sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.00, for a total value of $70,000.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 7,007 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $245,245. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Over the last three months, insiders sold 4,200 shares of company stock worth $125,945. 3.59% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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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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