American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) had its price objective increased by BMO Capital Markets from $27.00 to $42.00 in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday morning. The firm currently has a market perform rating on the stock.

A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on APEI. ValuEngine lowered shares of American Public Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. TheStreet upgraded shares of American Public Education from a c rating to a b- rating in a research note on Thursday, November 30th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a hold rating and issued a $29.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Monday, December 4th. BidaskClub lowered shares of American Public Education from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Thursday, December 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of American Public Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $34.67.

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Shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ APEI) opened at $43.00 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $717.12, a PE ratio of 33.92, a PEG ratio of 1.91 and a beta of 0.93. American Public Education has a 12 month low of $17.40 and a 12 month high of $45.75.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.33 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $78.09 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $76.25 million. American Public Education had a net margin of 7.06% and a return on equity of 7.59%. research analysts forecast that American Public Education will post 1.53 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director Eric C. Andersen sold 3,500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.80, for a total transaction of $146,300.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 8,555 shares in the company, valued at $357,599. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Jean C. Halle sold 2,500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.20, for a total transaction of $110,500.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 19,419 shares in the company, valued at approximately $858,319.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 9,800 shares of company stock worth $372,745. 3.59% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its stake in American Public Education by 41.7% during the third quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 9,356 shares of the company’s stock worth $197,000 after acquiring an additional 2,755 shares during the period. Susquehanna International Group LLP acquired a new stake in American Public Education during the third quarter worth about $214,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in American Public Education during the fourth quarter worth about $223,000. Unison Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in American Public Education during the fourth quarter worth about $317,000. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its stake in American Public Education by 10.8% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 13,878 shares of the company’s stock worth $328,000 after acquiring an additional 1,353 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.59% of the company’s stock.

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About American Public Education

American Public Education, Inc provides online and on-campus postsecondary education. The Company provides postsecondary education through its subsidiary institutions, American Public University System, Inc (APUS) and Hondros College of Nursing (HCON). It operates through two segments: American Public Education Segment, which consists of the operational activities of APUS, other corporate activities, and minority investments, and Hondros College of Nursing Segment, which consists of the operational activities of HCON.

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