Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) had its target price lifted by JPMorgan Chase & Co. from $22.00 to $25.00 in a research note released on Wednesday morning, BenzingaRatingsTable reports. They currently have an overweight rating on the stock.

A number of other research analysts also recently issued reports on LAUR. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price target on shares of Laureate Education from $18.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research report on Friday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Laureate Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Saturday, August 10th. Barrington Research restated an outperform rating and issued a $22.00 price target (up previously from $20.00) on shares of Laureate Education in a research report on Friday, August 9th. Finally, Citigroup restated a buy rating and issued a $22.00 price target (up previously from $19.00) on shares of Laureate Education in a research report on Wednesday. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Laureate Education currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $21.40.

Shares of NASDAQ LAUR opened at $18.30 on Wednesday. Laureate Education has a 52-week low of $13.58 and a 52-week high of $18.57. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a current ratio of 0.93. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $16.80 and its 200-day moving average price is $15.91.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 8th. The company reported $0.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.57 by ($0.11). The firm had revenue of $1 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $998.46 million. Laureate Education had a negative return on equity of 0.85% and a net margin of 28.57%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.00 EPS. On average, analysts predict that Laureate Education will post 0.65 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 3,348 shares of Laureate Education stock in a transaction on Monday, June 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.12, for a total value of $53,969.76. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 36,622 shares in the company, valued at approximately $590,346.64. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, major shareholder Alberta Lp Wengen sold 10,955,000 shares of Laureate Education stock in a transaction on Monday, June 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.30, for a total transaction of $167,611,500.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 11,666,863 shares of company stock valued at $178,511,173 in the last quarter. 2.97% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in LAUR. FMR LLC increased its stake in shares of Laureate Education by 19.4% in the 1st quarter. FMR LLC now owns 13,450,964 shares of the company’s stock valued at $201,362,000 after acquiring an additional 2,184,985 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Laureate Education by 23.9% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 9,435,084 shares of the company’s stock valued at $148,225,000 after acquiring an additional 1,817,734 shares in the last quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter valued at $23,585,000. SG Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter valued at $19,252,000. Finally, Luminus Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter valued at $8,523,000. Institutional investors own 45.40% of the company’s stock.

Laureate Education Company Profile

Laureate Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through a network of universities and higher education institutions. It operates through five segments: Brazil, Mexico, Andean, Rest of World, and Online & Partnerships. The company offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs primarily in the areas of business and management, medicine and health sciences, and engineering and information technology through campus-based, online, and hybrid programs.

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