Chicago Equity Partners LLC decreased its position in shares of Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) by 2.3% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 283,240 shares of the company’s stock after selling 6,725 shares during the quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC’s holdings in Laureate Education were worth $4,317,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings in Laureate Education by 735.1% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 686,605 shares of the company’s stock valued at $9,839,000 after purchasing an additional 604,384 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new stake in Laureate Education in the second quarter valued at about $4,189,000. Raymond James & Associates increased its holdings in Laureate Education by 5.2% in the second quarter. Raymond James & Associates now owns 95,215 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,364,000 after purchasing an additional 4,738 shares during the last quarter. Bank of America Corp DE increased its holdings in Laureate Education by 15.1% in the second quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 524,475 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,515,000 after purchasing an additional 68,853 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp increased its holdings in Laureate Education by 7.6% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 580,959 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,325,000 after purchasing an additional 41,006 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 35.49% of the company’s stock.

In other Laureate Education news, major shareholder Alberta Lp Wengen sold 14,087,500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.44, for a total value of $189,336,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 7,703 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.74, for a total value of $113,542.22. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 45,255 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $667,058.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 14,102,906 shares of company stock valued at $189,558,463 in the last quarter. 4.59% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

LAUR has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded Laureate Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Laureate Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 4th. Barrington Research reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $20.00 price objective on shares of Laureate Education in a report on Monday, November 12th. TheStreet upgraded Laureate Education from a “d-” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Thursday, January 17th. Finally, Citigroup reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $19.00 price objective on shares of Laureate Education in a report on Wednesday, December 12th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $18.30.

NASDAQ LAUR opened at $15.08 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.35 billion, a P/E ratio of -12.57, a P/E/G ratio of 2.51 and a beta of 0.46. The company has a quick ratio of 0.95, a current ratio of 0.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28. Laureate Education Inc has a 12 month low of $12.70 and a 12 month high of $17.15.

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Laureate Education Company Profile

Laureate Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through universities and higher education institutions. It operates through six segments: Brazil, Mexico, Andean & Iberian, Central America & U.S. Campuses, EMEAA, and Online & Partnerships.

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