Press coverage about Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Strayer Education earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the health services provider an impact score of 46.077387079373 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Shares of Strayer Education (NASDAQ STRA) traded up $0.01 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $101.44. 71,825 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 97,283. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,133.20, a PE ratio of 55.96 and a beta of 0.92. Strayer Education has a 52-week low of $75.84 and a 52-week high of $103.25.
Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 1st. The health services provider reported $1.09 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.29 by ($0.20). Strayer Education had a net margin of 4.53% and a return on equity of 17.75%. The business had revenue of $118.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $121.50 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.07 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Strayer Education will post 4.03 earnings per share for the current year.
Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and set a $96.00 price objective on shares of Strayer Education in a research report on Monday, December 4th. BidaskClub cut shares of Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, January 19th. ValuEngine cut shares of Strayer Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, First Analysis upgraded shares of Strayer Education from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $105.00 to $112.00 in a research report on Sunday, March 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $100.75.
In related news, insider Brian W. Jones sold 8,743 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $91.24, for a total value of $797,711.32. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 40,325 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,679,253. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CAO Thomas J. Aprahamian sold 2,964 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $91.11, for a total transaction of $270,050.04. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 13,980 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,273,717.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 30,804 shares of company stock valued at $2,851,230 in the last 90 days. Insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.
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Strayer Education Company Profile
Strayer Education, Inc is an education services holding company. The Company provides post-secondary education and other academic programs, through its subsidiaries, Strayer University (the University) and New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA). As of December 31, 2016, the University offered undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration and criminal justice at 74 physical campuses located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States, and online.
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