American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) was downgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Wednesday.

APEI has been the subject of a number of other reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 30th. ValuEngine cut American Public Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 5th. TheStreet upgraded American Public Education from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Monday, March 11th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upped their price objective on American Public Education to $33.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $39.75.

Shares of NASDAQ APEI traded up $0.06 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $29.85. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 61,610 shares, compared to its average volume of 74,746. American Public Education has a fifty-two week low of $26.37 and a fifty-two week high of $46.15. The company has a market capitalization of $489.61 million, a PE ratio of 18.43, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.23 and a beta of 0.72.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, March 12th. The company reported $0.55 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $76.93 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $77.43 million. American Public Education had a net margin of 8.61% and a return on equity of 8.76%. On average, sell-side analysts predict that American Public Education will post 1.61 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Texas Permanent School Fund raised its stake in shares of American Public Education by 4.0% during the 4th quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 10,748 shares of the company’s stock worth $306,000 after purchasing an additional 414 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of American Public Education by 1.1% during the 4th quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 134,580 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,830,000 after purchasing an additional 1,404 shares in the last quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of American Public Education by 388.2% during the 4th quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 1,782 shares of the company’s stock worth $51,000 after purchasing an additional 1,417 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System raised its stake in shares of American Public Education by 6.2% during the 4th quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 25,293 shares of the company’s stock worth $720,000 after purchasing an additional 1,468 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Martingale Asset Management L P raised its stake in shares of American Public Education by 19.5% during the 4th quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P now owns 9,813 shares of the company’s stock worth $280,000 after purchasing an additional 1,600 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 93.18% of the company’s stock.

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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