ValuEngine lowered shares of Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note released on Tuesday.

A number of other brokerages have also weighed in on STRA. Barrington Research assumed coverage on shares of Strayer Education in a research report on Tuesday, August 21st. They issued an outperform rating and a $160.00 target price on the stock. BMO Capital Markets raised their target price on shares of Strayer Education to $152.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a research report on Friday, August 24th. Piper Jaffray Companies raised their target price on shares of Strayer Education to $165.00 and gave the company an overweight rating in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Strayer Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, July 30th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Strayer Education from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Saturday, June 23rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $142.40.

Shares of Strayer Education stock opened at $134.41 on Tuesday. Strayer Education has a fifty-two week low of $77.11 and a fifty-two week high of $138.97. The company has a market capitalization of $1.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.70, a P/E/G ratio of 3.01 and a beta of 0.89.

Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The health services provider reported $0.87 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.84 by $0.03. Strayer Education had a net margin of 3.14% and a return on equity of 18.39%. The firm had revenue of $114.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $115.65 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.92 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.8% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Strayer Education will post 4.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 7th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 31st will be issued a dividend of $0.50 per share. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.49%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 30th. This is a positive change from Strayer Education’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.25. Strayer Education’s payout ratio is 64.31%.

In other news, Director William E. Brock sold 4,100 shares of Strayer Education stock in a transaction on Friday, June 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $109.91, for a total transaction of $450,631.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 4,739 shares in the company, valued at $520,863.49. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider J Kevin Gilligan sold 5,000 shares of Strayer Education stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $136.55, for a total transaction of $682,750.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 126,237 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,237,662.35. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 186,100 shares of company stock worth $23,090,711. 6.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in Strayer Education by 9.8% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,475,597 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $166,758,000 after buying an additional 131,138 shares during the last quarter. Summit Trail Advisors LLC raised its stake in Strayer Education by 10,199.1% during the first quarter. Summit Trail Advisors LLC now owns 822,385 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $822,000 after buying an additional 814,400 shares during the last quarter. Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. raised its stake in Strayer Education by 9.5% during the first quarter. Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. now owns 528,973 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $53,453,000 after buying an additional 45,831 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in Strayer Education by 0.3% during the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 444,911 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $44,958,000 after buying an additional 1,309 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Rice Hall James & Associates LLC raised its stake in Strayer Education by 13.9% during the second quarter. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC now owns 391,857 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $44,284,000 after buying an additional 47,798 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 99.92% of the company’s stock.

About Strayer Education

Strayer Education, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of post-secondary education and other academic programs in the United States. The company operates Strayer University that provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration, and criminal justice to working adult students through its 74 physical campuses primarily located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions, as well as through online.

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