Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund lessened its position in American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) by 7.6% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 6,061 shares of the company’s stock after selling 500 shares during the quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund’s holdings in American Public Education were worth $171,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other large investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Comerica Bank boosted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 4.6% during the 2nd quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 15,659 shares of the company’s stock worth $508,000 after buying an additional 693 shares during the period. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC boosted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 1.9% during the 3rd quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC now owns 38,800 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,094,000 after buying an additional 720 shares during the period. Pacer Advisors Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 45.1% during the 3rd quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 2,676 shares of the company’s stock worth $75,000 after buying an additional 832 shares during the period. Macquarie Group Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of American Public Education during the 2nd quarter worth $25,000. Finally, Exchange Traded Concepts LLC boosted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 4.5% during the 3rd quarter. Exchange Traded Concepts LLC now owns 20,111 shares of the company’s stock worth $567,000 after buying an additional 864 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 87.85% of the company’s stock.

In other American Public Education news, Director Eric C. Andersen sold 1,667 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.93, for a total value of $51,560.31. Insiders sold 3,217 shares of company stock worth $98,316 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 3.73% of the company’s stock.

NASDAQ:APEI opened at $31.10 on Friday. The stock’s fifty day moving average price is $29.81 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $30.21. The company has a market cap of $460.56 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.81, a P/E/G ratio of 1.67 and a beta of 0.85. American Public Education, Inc. has a 52-week low of $18.47 and a 52-week high of $41.09.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Saturday, November 14th. The company reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.03. American Public Education had a return on equity of 5.95% and a net margin of 5.63%. Analysts forecast that American Public Education, Inc. will post 1.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of analysts have weighed in on the stock. Sidoti raised shares of American Public Education from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $39.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, November 2nd. BidaskClub lowered American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 28th. TheStreet upgraded American Public Education from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Monday, August 17th. BMO Capital Markets upped their price objective on American Public Education from $33.00 to $38.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $33.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, October 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $37.50.

About American Public Education

American Public Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates in two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 121 degree programs and 111 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.

Recommended Story: Bollinger Bands

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI)

Receive News & Ratings for American Public Education Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for American Public Education and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.