HL Financial Services LLC raised its position in shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) by 18.1% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 2,786 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 426 shares during the period. HL Financial Services LLC’s holdings in Capella Education were worth $238,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the stock. Sei Investments Co. increased its position in shares of Capella Education by 24.4% in the second quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 3,021 shares of the company’s stock worth $259,000 after buying an additional 593 shares in the last quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund increased its position in shares of Capella Education by 1.2% in the second quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 8,461 shares of the company’s stock worth $724,000 after buying an additional 102 shares in the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can increased its position in shares of Capella Education by 3.9% in the second quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 16,120 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,379,000 after buying an additional 600 shares in the last quarter. American Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Capella Education by 4.8% in the second quarter. American Capital Management Inc. now owns 45,820 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,922,000 after buying an additional 2,090 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan increased its position in shares of Capella Education by 5.0% in the second quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 2,730 shares of the company’s stock worth $234,000 after buying an additional 130 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 89.09% of the company’s stock.

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ CPLA) opened at 67.45 on Wednesday. Capella Education Company has a one year low of $56.88 and a one year high of $99.25. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $78.55 and its 200-day moving average price is $83.63. The stock has a market cap of $787.21 million, a P/E ratio of 17.41 and a beta of 0.49.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $109.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $109.89 million. Capella Education had a net margin of 10.49% and a return on equity of 20.23%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.93 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Capella Education Company will post $3.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 25th will be paid a $0.41 dividend. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.43%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 23rd. Capella Education’s payout ratio is currently 42.38%.

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A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub downgraded Capella Education from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Saturday, August 5th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. BMO Capital Markets reduced their price target on Capella Education from $86.00 to $79.45 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Barrington Research reduced their price target on Capella Education from $98.00 to $90.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Capella Education has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $87.69.

In other Capella Education news, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $86.31, for a total value of $172,620.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. In the last three months, insiders sold 18,000 shares of company stock valued at $1,543,760. 3.56% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Capella Education Company Profile

Capella Education Company is an education services company. The Company provides direct path between learning and employment through its online postsecondary education offerings and through programs to develop job-ready skills for demand markets. The company’s segments include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment.

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