Shares of Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) have been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the seven research firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $18.63.

A number of research firms recently commented on LAUR. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Laureate Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $17.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 16th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Laureate Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 2nd. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of Laureate Education from a “d-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 17th.

In other Laureate Education news, CEO Jose Roberto Loureiro sold 28,140 shares of Laureate Education stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.02, for a total transaction of $422,662.80. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 12,555 shares in the company, valued at approximately $188,576.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, COO Ricardo M. Berckemeyer sold 6,627 shares of Laureate Education stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.00, for a total transaction of $99,405.00. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 68,921 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,033,815. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 41,667 shares of company stock valued at $627,224. Company insiders own 2.97% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. lifted its stake in Laureate Education by 6.9% during the 1st quarter. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. now owns 889,441 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,315,000 after acquiring an additional 57,793 shares during the period. Sciencast Management LP acquired a new stake in Laureate Education during the 1st quarter valued at approximately $165,000. Deutsche Bank AG lifted its stake in Laureate Education by 4.8% during the 4th quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 195,395 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,975,000 after acquiring an additional 9,017 shares during the period. OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp acquired a new stake in Laureate Education during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $966,000. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in Laureate Education by 31.4% during the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 874,682 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,330,000 after acquiring an additional 208,805 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 43.11% of the company’s stock.

LAUR stock traded up $0.22 during trading on Friday, reaching $15.75. The company had a trading volume of 372,150 shares, compared to its average volume of 641,207. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.53 billion, a PE ratio of -525.00, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.97 and a beta of 0.40. The company has a quick ratio of 1.02, a current ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28. Laureate Education has a twelve month low of $13.58 and a twelve month high of $17.15.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 28th. The company reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.29 by ($0.16). The company had revenue of $913.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $913.03 million. Laureate Education had a return on equity of 5.73% and a net margin of 9.66%. On average, equities research analysts expect that Laureate Education will post 0.44 earnings per share for the current year.

About Laureate Education

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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