Media coverage about Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) has been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Capella Education earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 45.9230174433961 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Capella Education (CPLA) opened at 68.20 on Monday. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $67.32 and its 200-day moving average price is $81.42. The company has a market capitalization of $795.96 million, a P/E ratio of 17.60 and a beta of 0.47. Capella Education has a 52 week low of $56.88 and a 52 week high of $99.25.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.90 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.10. Capella Education had a return on equity of 20.23% and a net margin of 10.49%. The company had revenue of $109.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $109.89 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.93 earnings per share. Capella Education’s quarterly revenue was up 2.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Capella Education will post $3.54 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 25th will be issued a $0.41 dividend. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.40%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 23rd. Capella Education’s payout ratio is currently 42.38%.

CPLA has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Barrington Research cut their price target on Capella Education from $98.00 to $90.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. BMO Capital Markets cut their price target on Capella Education from $86.00 to $79.45 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $89.00.

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In other Capella Education news, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.58, for a total value of $171,160.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Over the last three months, insiders sold 12,000 shares of company stock worth $1,022,300. 3.56% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

About Capella Education

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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