SG Americas Securities LLC grew its holdings in American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) by 206.9% in the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 7,237 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 4,879 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC’s holdings in American Public Education were worth $305,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its position in shares of American Public Education by 3.2% in the first quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 125,636 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,402,000 after buying an additional 3,903 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its position in shares of American Public Education by 9.9% in the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 26,964 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,160,000 after buying an additional 2,436 shares during the last quarter. Mackay Shields LLC raised its position in shares of American Public Education by 91.6% in the second quarter. Mackay Shields LLC now owns 77,205 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,250,000 after buying an additional 36,900 shares during the last quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC raised its position in shares of American Public Education by 24.2% in the second quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 596,679 shares of the company’s stock valued at $25,122,000 after buying an additional 116,202 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. increased its position in American Public Education by 30.8% during the second quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. now owns 21,699 shares of the company’s stock worth $914,000 after purchasing an additional 5,110 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.54% of the company’s stock.

In other American Public Education news, insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 4,000 shares of American Public Education stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.65, for a total transaction of $174,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 382,801 shares in the company, valued at $16,709,263.65. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 8,300 shares of company stock valued at $355,548. Company insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on APEI shares. BMO Capital Markets cut their price objective on shares of American Public Education from $44.00 to $43.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 30th. ValuEngine cut shares of American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. Sidoti upgraded shares of American Public Education from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and set a $41.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $42.25.

American Public Education stock opened at $31.15 on Friday. American Public Education, Inc. has a 12-month low of $18.80 and a 12-month high of $46.15. The stock has a market cap of $511.61 million, a P/E ratio of 20.49, a PEG ratio of 1.29 and a beta of 0.57.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 8th. The company reported $0.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.06. American Public Education had a net margin of 7.97% and a return on equity of 8.61%. The firm had revenue of $72.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $73.14 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.23 earnings per share. American Public Education’s revenue was up .8% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that American Public Education, Inc. will post 1.61 EPS for the current year.

American Public Education Company Profile

American Public Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates through two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 108 degree programs and 109 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health science, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence, and homeland security.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI)

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