Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky continued to hold its position in Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRA) during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 2,800 shares of the health services provider’s stock at the end of the first quarter. Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky’s holdings in Strayer Education were worth $225,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of STRA. Karp Capital Management Corp bought a new position in Strayer Education during the first quarter valued at about $239,000. Chicago Equity Partners LLC bought a new position in Strayer Education during the first quarter valued at about $264,000. Arizona State Retirement System increased its position in Strayer Education by 1.9% in the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 5,419 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $436,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department increased its position in Strayer Education by 12.5% in the first quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 9,792 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $788,000 after buying an additional 1,087 shares during the last quarter. Finally, FMR LLC increased its position in Strayer Education by 189.6% in the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 510,907 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $41,123,000 after buying an additional 334,472 shares during the last quarter. 92.27% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Strayer Education, Inc. (STRA) traded down 0.16% during trading on Friday, hitting $79.07. 49,545 shares of the stock traded hands. Strayer Education, Inc. has a 52-week low of $44.63 and a 52-week high of $95.74. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $87.77 and its 200-day moving average price is $84.78. The stock has a market cap of $846.13 million, a P/E ratio of 24.56 and a beta of 0.90.

Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The health services provider reported $0.92 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.05. Strayer Education had a net margin of 7.90% and a return on equity of 17.65%. The business had revenue of $112.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $113.68 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.72 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Strayer Education, Inc. will post $3.33 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 18th. Investors of record on Tuesday, September 5th will be given a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 1st. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.26%. Strayer Education’s dividend payout ratio is presently 31.15%.

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Several equities analysts have issued reports on STRA shares. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Friday, July 21st. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price objective on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Thursday, July 20th. First Analysis increased their price objective on shares of Strayer Education from $76.00 to $95.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Monday, May 15th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $83.75.

About Strayer Education

Strayer Education, Inc is an education services holding company. The Company provides post-secondary education and other academic programs, through its subsidiaries, Strayer University (the University) and New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA). As of December 31, 2016, the University offered undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration and criminal justice at 74 physical campuses located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States, and online.

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