Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) had its price objective lowered by BMO Capital Markets from $86.00 to $79.45 in a research report report published on Wednesday morning. BMO Capital Markets currently has an outperform rating on the stock.

Several other research firms also recently commented on CPLA. Barrington Research boosted their price target on shares of Capella Education from $85.00 to $98.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Capella Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, April 24th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Capella Education has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $87.69.

Shares of Capella Education (CPLA) traded down 0.07% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $70.10. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 105,034 shares. The stock has a market cap of $818.14 million, a P/E ratio of 18.09 and a beta of 0.53. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $85.20 and a 200-day moving average of $85.21. Capella Education has a one year low of $56.88 and a one year high of $99.25.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.90 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 company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.93 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Capella Education will post $3.14 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 14th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, May 24th were paid a $0.41 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, May 22nd. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.34%. Capella Education’s dividend payout ratio is presently 42.38%.

In other Capella Education news, CFO Steven L. Polacek sold 7,061 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.94, for a total value of $663,310.34. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Michael Linton sold 625 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $94.23, for a total transaction of $58,893.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 29,262 shares of company stock valued at $2,600,356 in the last 90 days. 3.56% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. State of Alaska Department of Revenue increased its position in Capella Education by 1.6% in the first quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 1,270 shares of the company’s stock valued at $107,000 after buying an additional 20 shares in the last quarter. Sei Investments Co. increased its position in Capella Education by 3.4% in the first quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 2,428 shares of the company’s stock valued at $207,000 after buying an additional 79 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System increased its position in Capella Education by 2.2% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 4,700 shares of the company’s stock valued at $400,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System increased its position in Capella Education by 1.7% in the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 6,039 shares of the company’s stock valued at $513,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Texas Permanent School Fund increased its position in Capella Education by 1.2% in the second quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 8,461 shares of the company’s stock valued at $724,000 after buying an additional 102 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 91.30% of the company’s stock.

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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