American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) Earns Buy Rating from Barrington Research

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by equities researchers at Barrington Research in a research note issued on Tuesday, AnalystRatings.com reports. They currently have a $37.00 price target on the stock. Barrington Research’s price target would indicate a potential upside of 31.35% from the company’s current price.

Several other research analysts have also weighed in on APEI. Sidoti lowered American Public Education from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $33.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Friday, May 29th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. TheStreet upgraded American Public Education from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Monday, August 17th. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price objective on shares of American Public Education from $33.00 to $38.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 12th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $38.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, August 14th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 28th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. American Public Education has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $36.50.

APEI traded up $0.16 on Tuesday, reaching $28.17. 80,500 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 91,474. American Public Education has a twelve month low of $18.47 and a twelve month high of $41.09. The stock has a market cap of $414.46 million, a PE ratio of 32.01 and a beta of 0.69. The stock’s fifty day moving average price is $31.20 and its 200-day moving average price is $28.06.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last released its earnings results on Monday, August 10th. The company reported $0.45 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.21. American Public Education had a net margin of 4.41% and a return on equity of 5.66%. Analysts expect that American Public Education will post 1.14 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 40,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.00, for a total value of $1,400,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 369,887 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,946,045. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Eric C. Andersen sold 1,667 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.93, for a total transaction of $51,560.31. Insiders sold a total of 59,517 shares of company stock worth $2,023,330 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 3.73% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 9.4% in the 1st quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 6,313 shares of the company’s stock valued at $151,000 after purchasing an additional 541 shares during the last quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp acquired a new position in shares of American Public Education during the second quarter worth $560,000. Swiss National Bank grew its stake in shares of American Public Education by 12.8% during the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 34,400 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,018,000 after purchasing an additional 3,900 shares in the last quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC increased its holdings in American Public Education by 4.6% in the first quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 31,289 shares of the company’s stock valued at $749,000 after buying an additional 1,383 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Invesco Ltd. raised its stake in American Public Education by 23.0% in the first quarter. Invesco Ltd. now owns 71,942 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,722,000 after buying an additional 13,470 shares in the last quarter. 93.26% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About American Public Education

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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