Shares of Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) saw unusually-strong trading volume on Friday . Approximately 7,191,187 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 1,108% from the previous session’s volume of 595,247 shares.The stock last traded at $14.88 and had previously closed at $14.46.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on LAUR shares. ValuEngine raised Laureate Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 17th. Citigroup lifted their target price on Laureate Education from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 15th. Zacks Investment Research raised Laureate Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 10th. Barrington Research reissued a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 target price on shares of Laureate Education in a research report on Friday, August 10th. Finally, Barclays reissued a “hold” rating and set a $17.00 target price on shares of Laureate Education in a research report on Friday, August 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $18.44.

The stock has a market capitalization of $3.33 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.35, a PEG ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28, a current ratio of 0.95 and a quick ratio of 0.95.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 8th. The company reported ($0.18) earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.22) by $0.04. The company had revenue of $787.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $929.30 million. Laureate Education had a return on equity of 14.99% and a net margin of 11.83%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned ($1.02) earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that Laureate Education Inc will post 0.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Laureate Education news, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 7,703 shares of Laureate Education stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.89, for a total transaction of $114,697.67. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 60,661 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $903,242.29. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Insiders have sold 23,109 shares of company stock worth $341,551 over the last ninety days. Company insiders own 13.10% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Blair William & Co. IL acquired a new stake in Laureate Education during the third quarter valued at approximately $156,000. Amalgamated Bank acquired a new stake in Laureate Education during the third quarter valued at approximately $174,000. Point72 Asset Management L.P. acquired a new stake in Laureate Education during the third quarter valued at approximately $198,000. Verition Fund Management LLC acquired a new stake in Laureate Education during the third quarter valued at approximately $243,000. Finally, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans acquired a new stake in Laureate Education during the third quarter valued at approximately $250,000. 35.41% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Laureate Education Company Profile (NASDAQ:LAUR)

Laureate Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through universities and higher education institutions. It operates through six segments: Brazil, Mexico, Andean & Iberian, Central America & U.S. Campuses, EMEAA, and Online & Partnerships.

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