Capella Education Company (CPLA) Rating Reiterated by Piper Jaffray Companies

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies in a note issued to investors on Wednesday.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently commented on CPLA. Barrington Research reduced their target price on Capella Education from $98.00 to $90.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. BMO Capital Markets reduced their target price on Capella Education from $86.00 to $79.45 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $92.20.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) traded down $1.05 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $81.90. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 332,122 shares, compared to its average volume of 133,149. The company has a market cap of $956.66 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.25, a P/E/G ratio of 2.56 and a beta of 0.39.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last released its earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The company reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.68 by $0.05. Capella Education had a return on equity of 19.21% and a net margin of 9.60%. The company had revenue of $107.01 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $108.10 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.81 earnings per share. Capella Education’s quarterly revenue was up 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Capella Education will post 3.57 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. QS Investors LLC raised its stake in shares of Capella Education by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. QS Investors LLC now owns 2,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $214,000 after buying an additional 7 shares during the last quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund raised its stake in shares of Capella Education by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 8,461 shares of the company’s stock worth $724,000 after buying an additional 102 shares during the last quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan raised its stake in shares of Capella Education by 5.0% during the 2nd quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 2,730 shares of the company’s stock worth $234,000 after buying an additional 130 shares during the last quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. raised its stake in shares of Capella Education by 6.6% during the 2nd quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 2,429 shares of the company’s stock worth $207,000 after buying an additional 151 shares during the last quarter. Finally, M&T Bank Corp raised its stake in shares of Capella Education by 4.9% during the 2nd quarter. M&T Bank Corp now owns 3,312 shares of the company’s stock worth $283,000 after buying an additional 155 shares during the last quarter. 89.82% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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