BidaskClub upgraded shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report released on Saturday.

A number of other research firms have also recently issued reports on APEI. ValuEngine cut American Public Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. TheStreet raised American Public Education from a c rating to a b- rating in a research note on Thursday, November 30th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a hold rating and issued a $19.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Zacks Investment Research raised American Public Education from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating and set a $28.00 target price for the company in a research note on Monday, November 13th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a hold rating and issued a $29.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Monday, December 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. American Public Education presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $27.00.

Shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) opened at $25.15 on Friday. American Public Education has a 52 week low of $17.40 and a 52 week high of $27.40. The company has a market capitalization of $405.07, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.21, a P/E/G ratio of 2.28 and a beta of 1.21.

In other news, Director Barbara Kurshan sold 1,524 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.50, for a total value of $40,386.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 7,210 shares in the company, valued at $191,065. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 3,324 shares of company stock worth $85,811. Corporate insiders own 3.59% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of APEI. FMR LLC lifted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 27.4% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 803,108 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,994,000 after purchasing an additional 172,608 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 6.6% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,472,157 shares of the company’s stock valued at $34,817,000 after purchasing an additional 91,767 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 6.4% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,161,716 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,475,000 after purchasing an additional 69,379 shares in the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of American Public Education in the third quarter valued at about $1,022,000. Finally, BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 2.0% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,095,426 shares of the company’s stock valued at $52,490,000 after purchasing an additional 41,000 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 90.63% of the company’s stock.

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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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