BidaskClub cut shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Friday.

Several other analysts also recently weighed in on APEI. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $24.00 price target on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of American Public Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. TheStreet downgraded shares of American Public Education from a b- rating to a c rating in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of American Public Education from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $34.67.

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Shares of NASDAQ APEI opened at $43.00 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $694.99, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.33, a PEG ratio of 1.85 and a beta of 0.66. American Public Education has a 1 year low of $17.40 and a 1 year high of $45.75.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.51 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.18. American Public Education had a net margin of 7.06% and a return on equity of 7.59%. The firm had revenue of $78.09 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $76.25 million. equities analysts forecast that American Public Education will post 1.53 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 10,000 shares of American Public Education stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.80, for a total transaction of $408,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 395,001 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,116,040.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Amy Panzarella sold 2,000 shares of American Public Education stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.00, for a total transaction of $70,000.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 7,007 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $245,245. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 19,400 shares of company stock valued at $770,465 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 3.59% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its stake in American Public Education by 41.7% in the third quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 9,356 shares of the company’s stock worth $197,000 after buying an additional 2,755 shares in the last quarter. Susquehanna International Group LLP bought a new position in American Public Education in the third quarter worth approximately $214,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in American Public Education in the fourth quarter worth approximately $223,000. Unison Advisors LLC bought a new position in American Public Education in the fourth quarter worth approximately $317,000. Finally, Bailard Inc. bought a new position in American Public Education in the fourth quarter worth approximately $376,000. 90.59% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About American Public Education

American Public Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates through two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 108 degree programs and 109 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health science, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence, and homeland security.

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