Prudential Financial Inc. raised its holdings in shares of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) by 17.5% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 72,952 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 10,850 shares during the quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. owned about 0.45% of American Public Education worth $1,536,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of APEI. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 16.2% during the first quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 6,524 shares of the company’s stock valued at $149,000 after purchasing an additional 910 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 38.9% during the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 6,601 shares of the company’s stock valued at $156,000 after purchasing an additional 1,850 shares during the period. Arizona State Retirement System bought a new stake in shares of American Public Education during the second quarter valued at approximately $201,000. Brandywine Global Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of American Public Education during the second quarter valued at approximately $209,000. Finally, Voya Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of American Public Education during the second quarter valued at approximately $221,000. Institutional investors own 90.91% of the company’s stock.

APEI has been the topic of a number of research reports. BidaskClub cut American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 26th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. ValuEngine cut 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 report on Thursday, November 30th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $25.67.

Shares of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) opened at $26.75 on Thursday. American Public Education, Inc. has a 1 year low of $17.40 and a 1 year high of $27.40. The firm has a market capitalization of $425.40, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.79, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.42 and a beta of 1.26.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates 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 for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $71.06 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.02 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that American Public Education, Inc. will post 1.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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About American Public Education

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI)

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