ValuEngine upgraded shares of Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Tuesday, ValuEngine reports.

Several other research firms have also commented on LAUR. TheStreet lowered shares of Laureate Education from a b rating to a c+ rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 9th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Laureate Education from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, November 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Laureate Education from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $17.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 1st. Stifel Nicolaus set a $22.00 target price on shares of Laureate Education and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Friday, August 30th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price target on shares of Laureate Education from $22.00 to $25.00 and gave the company an overweight rating in a report on Wednesday, August 28th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $21.33.

Shares of LAUR traded up $0.18 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $16.65. 1,466,087 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,088,824. The company has a market cap of $3.61 billion, a PE ratio of -555.00, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.07 and a beta of 0.21. Laureate Education has a 52-week low of $13.70 and a 52-week high of $18.57. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $16.33 and a two-hundred day moving average of $16.48. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 0.82.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, November 6th. The company reported ($0.42) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.07 by ($0.49). Laureate Education had a net margin of 28.67% and a negative return on equity of 0.22%. The firm had revenue of $773.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $781.12 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted ($0.42) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down .6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, sell-side analysts predict that Laureate Education will post 0.35 EPS for the current year.

In related news, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 3,349 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.35, for a total transaction of $58,105.15. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 16,531 shares in the company, valued at approximately $286,812.85. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Juan Jose Hurtado sold 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.84, for a total value of $126,300.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 14,596 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $245,796.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 16,015,201 shares of company stock worth $267,772,683. Corporate insiders own 2.97% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co NY grew its holdings in Laureate Education by 9.0% during the 3rd quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co NY now owns 33,412 shares of the company’s stock valued at $554,000 after purchasing an additional 2,772 shares during the last quarter. Millennium Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Laureate Education by 92.7% during the third quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 243,508 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,036,000 after buying an additional 117,109 shares during the period. Man Group plc boosted its position in shares of Laureate Education by 5,006.8% during the third quarter. Man Group plc now owns 624,463 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,350,000 after buying an additional 612,235 shares during the period. Maple Rock Capital Partners Inc. grew its stake in shares of Laureate Education by 6.8% during the third quarter. Maple Rock Capital Partners Inc. now owns 3,145,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $52,128,000 after buying an additional 200,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Select Equity Group L.P. grew its stake in shares of Laureate Education by 80.6% during the third quarter. Select Equity Group L.P. now owns 4,064,996 shares of the company’s stock valued at $67,377,000 after buying an additional 1,814,274 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 56.93% of the company’s stock.

About Laureate Education

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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