TheStreet downgraded shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) from a b- rating to a c+ rating in a research report report published on Wednesday.

Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. Barrington Research restated a buy rating and set a $40.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a research report on Monday, October 22nd. ValuEngine lowered shares of American Public Education from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. Sidoti upgraded shares of American Public Education from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of American Public Education from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies restated a hold rating and set a $41.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $42.25.

Shares of APEI opened at $33.32 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $595.54 million, a P/E ratio of 25.83, a P/E/G ratio of 1.52 and a beta of 0.54. American Public Education has a 52-week low of $23.15 and a 52-week high of $46.15.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 6th. The company reported $0.33 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.02. American Public Education had a net margin of 8.35% and a return on equity of 8.77%. The company had revenue of $72.99 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $72.24 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.27 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts forecast that American Public Education will post 1.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 12,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total transaction of $432,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 367,001 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,212,036. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 12,550 shares of company stock valued at $449,319. Insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Trexquant Investment LP purchased a new stake in American Public Education during the third quarter valued at about $232,000. BBT Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in American Public Education during the third quarter valued at about $530,000. BlackRock Inc. lifted its stake in American Public Education by 3.5% during the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,326,232 shares of the company’s stock valued at $76,882,000 after buying an additional 78,833 shares in the last quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P lifted its stake in American Public Education by 32.2% during the third quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P now owns 8,213 shares of the company’s stock valued at $272,000 after buying an additional 2,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its stake in American Public Education by 6.4% during the third quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 212,385 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,020,000 after buying an additional 12,843 shares in the last quarter. 91.75% of the stock is owned by 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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