Media headlines about American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. American Public Education earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.3184595555827 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

American Public Education (NASDAQ APEI) opened at $25.70 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $412.39, a P/E ratio of 21.42, a PEG ratio of 2.39 and a beta of 1.27. American Public Education has a twelve month low of $17.40 and a twelve month high of $27.40.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $73.28 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $71.06 million. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.20% and a net margin of 6.54%. American Public Education’s quarterly revenue was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.02 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that American Public Education will post 1.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.

APEI has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. TheStreet raised American Public Education from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Thursday, November 30th. ValuEngine raised American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and set a $29.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a report on Monday, December 4th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. American Public Education has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $25.67.

In other news, Director Barbara Kurshan sold 1,524 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.50, for a total value of $40,386.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 7,210 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $191,065. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 2,324 shares of company stock valued at $58,566. 3.59% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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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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