BidaskClub upgraded shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note released on Thursday, BidAskClub reports.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently weighed in on APEI. Zacks Investment Research cut HEXO from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 15th. TheStreet upgraded ZTO Express (Cayman) from a c+ rating to a b rating in a research note on Thursday, May 16th. Barrington Research reiterated a buy rating and issued a $135.00 price objective on shares of Affiliated Managers Group in a research note on Tuesday, April 30th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets boosted their price objective on Wesdome Gold Mines from C$4.75 to C$6.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 13th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. American Public Education has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $38.00.

APEI traded up $0.72 on Thursday, reaching $30.92. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,002 shares, compared to its average volume of 65,765. The company has a quick ratio of 5.88, a current ratio of 5.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03. American Public Education has a fifty-two week low of $26.37 and a fifty-two week high of $46.15. The business has a 50 day simple moving average of $29.17. The company has a market capitalization of $500.57 million, a P/E ratio of 19.09, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.39 and a beta of 0.81.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 7th. The company reported $0.32 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.01. American Public Education had a return on equity of 8.38% and a net margin of 7.45%. The company had revenue of $73.44 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $73.51 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.35 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, research analysts forecast that American Public Education will post 1.45 EPS for the current year.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. United Services Automobile Association purchased a new stake in shares of American Public Education during the fourth quarter worth approximately $203,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of American Public Education by 64.3% during the first quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 10,995 shares of the company’s stock worth $331,000 after purchasing an additional 4,303 shares during the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC raised its stake in shares of American Public Education by 90.7% during the first quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 10,815 shares of the company’s stock worth $326,000 after purchasing an additional 5,144 shares during the last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. raised its stake in shares of American Public Education by 54.7% during the fourth quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 83,865 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,387,000 after purchasing an additional 29,653 shares during the last quarter. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its stake in shares of American Public Education by 401.8% during the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 191,575 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,770,000 after purchasing an additional 153,397 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.86% of the company’s stock.

American Public Education Company Profile

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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