Shares of Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the fifteen analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and ten have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $16.82.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on LAUR shares. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 price objective on shares of Laureate Education in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Laureate Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective (down from $21.00) on shares of Laureate Education in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Credit Suisse Group decreased their price objective on shares of Laureate Education from $20.00 to $19.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets decreased their price objective on shares of Laureate Education from $18.00 to $17.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, November 9th.

Laureate Education (LAUR) traded up $0.26 during trading on Thursday, reaching $12.94. Laureate Education has a 52 week low of $10.46 and a 52 week high of $18.96. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.94, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 0.82.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The company reported ($1.02) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.61) by ($0.41). Laureate Education had a negative net margin of 1.47% and a negative return on equity of 2.66%. The company had revenue of $983.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $972.59 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.8% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Laureate Education will post -1.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Quantbot Technologies LP purchased a new position in shares of Laureate Education in the second quarter valued at $122,000. Legal & General Group Plc boosted its stake in shares of Laureate Education by 61.2% in the second quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 8,532 shares of the company’s stock valued at $150,000 after purchasing an additional 3,240 shares during the period. First Mercantile Trust Co. purchased a new position in shares of Laureate Education in the second quarter valued at $150,000. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new position in shares of Laureate Education in the third quarter valued at $138,000. Finally, Tudor Investment Corp ET AL purchased a new position in shares of Laureate Education in the second quarter valued at $208,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 28.39% of the company’s stock.

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Laureate Education Company Profile

Laureate Education, Inc provides higher education programs and services to students through an international network of licensed universities and higher education institutions (institutions). The Company’s programs are provided through institutions that are campus-based and Internet-based, or through electronically distributed educational programs (online).

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