News headlines about American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Public Education earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 47.0962457667149 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
Shares of American Public Education (APEI) opened at $26.20 on Friday. American Public Education has a 52 week low of $17.40 and a 52 week high of $27.40. The firm has a market capitalization of $426.22, a P/E ratio of 21.83, a P/E/G ratio of 2.43 and a beta of 1.26.
American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.06. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.20% and a net margin of 6.54%. The firm had revenue of $73.28 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $71.06 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.02 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that American Public Education will post 1.08 earnings per share for the current year.
APEI has been the topic of several research reports. BidaskClub lowered American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. ValuEngine lowered American Public Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. TheStreet upgraded American Public Education from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 30th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price target on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $25.67.
In related news, Director Barbara Kurshan sold 1,524 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.50, for a total transaction of $40,386.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 7,210 shares in the company, valued at approximately $191,065. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 2,624 shares of company stock valued at $62,794. 3.59% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
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American Public Education Company Profile
American Public Education, Inc provides online and on-campus postsecondary education. The Company provides postsecondary education through its subsidiary institutions, American Public University System, Inc (APUS) and Hondros College of Nursing (HCON). It operates through two segments: American Public Education Segment, which consists of the operational activities of APUS, other corporate activities, and minority investments, and Hondros College of Nursing Segment, which consists of the operational activities of HCON.
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