Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) was downgraded by investment analysts at Barrington Research from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report issued on Monday.

A number of other research firms also recently commented on CPLA. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. BMO Capital Markets cut their price objective on Capella Education from $86.00 to $79.45 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $87.00.

Shares of Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) traded up 30.46% during midday trading on Monday, reaching $85.45. 860,707 shares of the company traded hands. Capella Education has a 1-year low of $65.15 and a 1-year high of $99.25. The firm has a market capitalization of $997.29 million, a PE ratio of 22.06 and a beta of 0.44. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $68.32 and a 200 day moving average price of $78.80.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The company reported $0.77 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.68 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $107.01 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $108.10 million. Capella Education had a return on equity of 20.23% and a net margin of 10.49%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.81 EPS. Analysts expect that Capella Education will post $3.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of CPLA. BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in shares of Capella Education by 76,655.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,387,731 shares of the company’s stock valued at $117,991,000 after buying an additional 1,385,923 shares in the last quarter. Capital World Investors acquired a new stake in shares of Capella Education in the second quarter valued at about $21,400,000. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Capella Education by 10.4% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,111,466 shares of the company’s stock valued at $94,503,000 after buying an additional 104,409 shares in the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. grew its stake in shares of Capella Education by 68.1% in the second quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 249,532 shares of the company’s stock valued at $21,360,000 after buying an additional 101,054 shares in the last quarter. Finally, AQR Capital Management LLC grew its stake in shares of Capella Education by 41.8% in the first quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 153,373 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,041,000 after buying an additional 45,237 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 89.82% of the company’s stock.

About Capella Education

Capella Education Company is an education services company. The Company provides direct path between learning and employment through its online postsecondary education offerings and through programs to develop job-ready skills for demand markets. The company’s segments include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment.

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