Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) Downgraded by Barrington Research

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) was downgraded by equities research analysts at Barrington Research from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note issued on Monday, October 30th, MarketBeat reports. Barrington Research also issued estimates for Capella Education’s Q4 2017 earnings at $1.00 EPS and FY2017 earnings at $3.60 EPS.

Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on CPLA. Zacks Investment Research cut Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their target price on shares of Capella Education from $86.00 to $79.45 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $92.20.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) opened at $82.20 on Monday. The stock has a market capitalization of $952.01, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.14, a P/E/G ratio of 2.70 and a beta of 0.39. Capella Education has a 52 week low of $65.15 and a 52 week high of $99.25.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 30th. The company reported $0.73 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.05. Capella Education had a return on equity of 19.21% and a net margin of 9.60%. The business had revenue of $107.01 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $108.10 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.81 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Capella Education will post 3.56 earnings per share for the current year.

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Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in CPLA. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in Capella Education by 76,655.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,387,731 shares of the company’s stock valued at $117,991,000 after purchasing an additional 1,385,923 shares during the period. Capital World Investors acquired a new position in shares of Capella Education in the second quarter worth $21,400,000. Bessemer Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Capella Education by 750.6% in the third quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 138,651 shares of the company’s stock worth $9,727,000 after acquiring an additional 122,351 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Capella Education by 10.4% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,111,466 shares of the company’s stock worth $94,503,000 after acquiring an additional 104,409 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Ameriprise Financial Inc. grew its stake in shares of Capella Education by 68.1% in the second quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 249,532 shares of the company’s stock worth $21,360,000 after acquiring an additional 101,054 shares in the last quarter. 92.15% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Capella Education Company Profile

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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