Media coverage about American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded 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 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.701492476681 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
American Public Education opened at $43.80 on Tuesday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. American Public Education has a 52-week low of $17.40 and a 52-week high of $45.75. The firm has a market cap of $731.40 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.79, a PEG ratio of 1.82 and a beta of 0.67.
American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 8th. The company reported $0.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.34 by $0.01. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.90% and a net margin of 7.10%. The firm had revenue of $75.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $75.13 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.28 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down .9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that American Public Education will post 1.63 earnings per share for the current year.
Several brokerages have recently commented on APEI. BMO Capital Markets boosted their target price on American Public Education from $27.00 to $42.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 20th. BidaskClub raised American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 21st. ValuEngine raised American Public Education from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. TheStreet raised American Public Education from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 1st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. American Public Education presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $40.75.
In other American Public Education news, Director Eric C. Andersen sold 3,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.80, for a total transaction of $146,300.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 8,555 shares in the company, valued at approximately $357,599. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.80, for a total transaction of $408,000.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 395,001 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,116,040.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 20,650 shares of company stock worth $864,053. Company insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.
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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