First Quadrant L P CA reduced its position in shares of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) by 21.0% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 16,200 shares of the company’s stock after selling 4,300 shares during the period. First Quadrant L P CA owned approximately 0.10% of American Public Education worth $341,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Russell Investments Group Ltd. grew its holdings in American Public Education by 28.9% during the second quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 32,127 shares of the company’s stock worth $760,000 after acquiring an additional 7,206 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in American Public Education by 3.3% during the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 119,094 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,727,000 after acquiring an additional 3,838 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its holdings in American Public Education by 5.6% during the first quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 64,046 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,467,000 after acquiring an additional 3,420 shares during the period. Texas Permanent School Fund grew its holdings in American Public Education by 1.0% during the second quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 11,853 shares of the company’s stock worth $280,000 after acquiring an additional 119 shares during the period. Finally, FMR LLC increased its stake in American Public Education by 27.4% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 803,108 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,994,000 after purchasing an additional 172,608 shares in the last quarter. 91.42% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on APEI. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $19.00 price target on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $26.00 price target on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. ValuEngine cut American Public Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, BidaskClub cut American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 26th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have given a hold rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $23.67.

American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ APEI) opened at $20.55 on Monday. The firm has a market capitalization of $333.91, a PE ratio of 16.06, a P/E/G ratio of 4.02 and a beta of 1.13. American Public Education, Inc. has a 12 month low of $14.75 and a 12 month high of $27.20.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The company reported $0.23 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.23. The firm had revenue of $72.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $70.40 million. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.87% and a net margin of 5.18%. American Public Education’s revenue was down 5.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.41 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that American Public Education, Inc. will post 1.02 earnings per share for the current year.

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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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