American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by Piper Jaffray Companies in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday. They presently have a $26.00 target price on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies’ target price suggests a potential upside of 26.21% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other analysts have also recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $26.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. BidaskClub cut American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. ValuEngine upgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Friday, August 11th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. American Public Education currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $23.67.

American Public Education (APEI) opened at 20.60 on Tuesday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $19.58 and a 200-day moving average price of $21.57. The stock has a market cap of $334.71 million, a P/E ratio of 21.64 and a beta of 1.12. American Public Education has a 12-month low of $14.75 and a 12-month high of $27.20.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The company reported $0.23 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.23. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.87% and a net margin of 5.18%. The business had revenue of $72.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $70.40 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.41 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was down 5.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that American Public Education will post $1.02 earnings per share for the current year.

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Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Texas Permanent School Fund grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 1.0% during the second quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 11,853 shares of the company’s stock valued at $280,000 after purchasing an additional 119 shares during the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 0.5% during the first quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 90,358 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,069,000 after purchasing an additional 490 shares during the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 9.4% during the second quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 7,140 shares of the company’s stock valued at $169,000 after purchasing an additional 616 shares during the last quarter. Comerica Bank grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 4.4% during the first quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 17,823 shares of the company’s stock valued at $403,000 after purchasing an additional 752 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Strs Ohio grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 3.5% during the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 29,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $690,000 after purchasing an additional 1,000 shares during the last quarter. 92.02% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

American Public Education Company Profile

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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