American Public Education (APEI) Lowered to “Sell” at BidaskClub

BidaskClub lowered shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report released on Wednesday, March 27th, BidAskClub reports.

APEI has been the subject of a number of other research reports. TheStreet upgraded American Public Education from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a research report on Monday, March 11th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Public Education from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Monday, January 7th. BMO Capital Markets raised their target price on American Public Education to $33.00 and gave the stock a market perform rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 13th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded American Public Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 5th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $39.75.

NASDAQ:APEI traded down $1.11 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $33.40. 99,195 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 93,514. American Public Education has a 12 month low of $26.37 and a 12 month high of $46.15. The company has a market cap of $553.97 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.62, a PEG ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 0.70.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, March 12th. The company reported $0.55 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.03. American Public Education had a return on equity of 8.76% and a net margin of 8.61%. The firm had revenue of $76.93 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $77.43 million. On average, research analysts predict that American Public Education will post 1.61 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Meeder Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in American Public Education during the 1st quarter valued at $41,000. Deutsche Bank AG increased its stake in shares of American Public Education by 80.5% in the 4th quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 59,789 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,700,000 after buying an additional 26,671 shares during the period. American Century Companies Inc. increased its stake in shares of American Public Education by 54.7% in the 4th quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 83,865 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,387,000 after buying an additional 29,653 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of American Public Education by 5.5% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 200,653 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,709,000 after buying an additional 10,411 shares during the period. Finally, Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio increased its stake in shares of American Public Education by 83.4% in the 4th quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 14,717 shares of the company’s stock valued at $419,000 after buying an additional 6,694 shares during the period. 93.18% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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