Laureate Education Inc (LAUR) Given Consensus Rating of “Buy” by Brokerages

Shares of Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) have received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the fifteen analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have issued a hold recommendation and ten have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $17.28.

LAUR has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $16.50 target price on shares of Laureate Education in a report on Friday, November 10th. ValuEngine cut Laureate Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and issued a $18.00 price target on shares of Laureate Education in a research report on Wednesday, January 17th. Morgan Stanley set a $18.00 price target on Laureate Education and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Laureate Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 17th.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Laureate Education by 692.2% in the 2nd quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 155,558 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,727,000 after purchasing an additional 135,921 shares in the last quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP acquired a new position in Laureate Education during the 3rd quarter worth $406,000. Highbridge Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Laureate Education during the 3rd quarter worth $402,000. Sit Investment Associates Inc. acquired a new position in Laureate Education during the 3rd quarter worth $779,000. Finally, TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC boosted its position in Laureate Education by 61.3% during the 2nd quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 96,399 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,690,000 after acquiring an additional 36,646 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 29.46% of the company’s stock.

Laureate Education (LAUR) traded down $0.03 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $13.12. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 408,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 476,757. Laureate Education has a 12 month low of $10.46 and a 12 month high of $18.96. The company has a current ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.94. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,457.69 and a P/E ratio of -8.63.

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Laureate Education Company Profile

Laureate Education, Inc provides higher education programs and services to students through an international network of licensed universities and higher education institutions (institutions). The Company’s programs are provided through institutions that are campus-based and Internet-based, or through electronically distributed educational programs (online).

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