American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) saw a large drop in short interest in July. As of July 31st, there was short interest totalling 294,100 shares, a drop of 10.1% from the June 30th total of 327,300 shares. Approximately 1.9% of the shares of the stock are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 84,400 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 3.5 days.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Victory Capital Management Inc. lifted its holdings in American Public Education by 64.3% during the 1st quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 10,995 shares of the company’s stock worth $331,000 after buying an additional 4,303 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC lifted its holdings in American Public Education by 90.7% during the 1st quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 10,815 shares of the company’s stock worth $326,000 after buying an additional 5,144 shares during the period. American Century Companies Inc. lifted its holdings in American Public Education by 54.7% during the 4th quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 83,865 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,387,000 after buying an additional 29,653 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its holdings in American Public Education by 401.8% during the 1st quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 191,575 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,770,000 after buying an additional 153,397 shares during the period. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its holdings in American Public Education by 5.5% during the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 200,653 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,709,000 after buying an additional 10,411 shares during the period. 93.79% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

APEI has been the topic of several recent research reports. TheStreet downgraded American Public Education from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Thursday, May 16th. Barrington Research downgraded American Public Education from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, August 8th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 15th. BidaskClub raised American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 1st. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded American Public Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 8th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. American Public Education currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $36.50.

NASDAQ APEI opened at $26.45 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 5.69, a current ratio of 5.69 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03. American Public Education has a twelve month low of $24.44 and a twelve month high of $37.00. The company has a market cap of $430.56 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.33, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.15 and a beta of 0.84. The business’s fifty day moving average is $30.28 and its 200 day moving average is $30.84.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 6th. The company reported $0.30 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.30. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.79% and a net margin of 6.98%. The company had revenue of $70.56 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $70.16 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.39 EPS. American Public Education’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, research analysts anticipate that American Public Education will post 0.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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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