Press coverage about American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) has trended somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. American Public Education earned a media sentiment score of 1.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media stories about the company an news buzz score of 8 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected American Public Education’s ranking:

APEI opened at $29.51 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $491.08 million, a P/E ratio of 22.73, a P/E/G ratio of 1.25 and a beta of 0.48. American Public Education has a fifty-two week low of $23.15 and a fifty-two week high of $46.15.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 6th. The company reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.31 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $72.99 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $72.24 million. American Public Education had a net margin of 8.35% and a return on equity of 8.77%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.27 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts forecast that American Public Education will post 1.59 EPS for the current year.

APEI has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine downgraded 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 note on Thursday, August 9th. Barrington Research reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $40.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Monday, October 22nd. BidaskClub raised shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, TheStreet lowered shares of American Public Education from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 7th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $42.25.

In other news, insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 12,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total value of $432,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 367,001 shares in the company, valued at $13,212,036. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Insiders sold 12,550 shares of company stock worth $449,319 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.

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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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