Capella Education Company (CPLA) Given New $79.45 Price Target at BMO Capital Markets

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) had its price target decreased by investment analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $86.00 to $79.45 in a report issued on Wednesday. The brokerage presently has an “outperform” rating on the stock. BMO Capital Markets’ target price would suggest a potential upside of 7.44% from the company’s current price.

A number of other analysts also recently issued reports on CPLA. Barrington Research cut their target price on Capella Education from $98.00 to $90.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research raised Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $97.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, April 18th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $87.69.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) traded down 8.48% on Wednesday, reaching $73.95. 242,911 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm has a market cap of $856.93 million, a PE ratio of 19.47 and a beta of 0.53. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $86.66 and a 200 day moving average price of $85.56. Capella Education has a one year low of $56.11 and a one year high of $99.25.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.80 by $0.10. Capella Education had a return on equity of 21.04% and a net margin of 10.31%. The business had revenue of $109.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $109.89 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.93 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Capella Education will post $3.14 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other Capella Education news, CFO Steven L. Polacek sold 3,576 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, May 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.51, for a total value of $334,391.76. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Michael Linton sold 625 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.23, for a total value of $58,893.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 27,262 shares of company stock valued at $2,435,996 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. State of Alaska Department of Revenue increased its stake in shares of Capella Education by 1.6% in the first quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 1,270 shares of the company’s stock worth $107,000 after buying an additional 20 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake in shares of Capella Education by 38.8% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 1,952 shares of the company’s stock worth $166,000 after buying an additional 546 shares during the last quarter. HL Financial Services LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Capella Education during the first quarter worth about $200,000. Sei Investments Co. increased its stake in shares of Capella Education by 3.4% in the first quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 2,428 shares of the company’s stock worth $207,000 after buying an additional 79 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mason Street Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Capella Education by 7.8% in the first quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC now owns 2,700 shares of the company’s stock worth $230,000 after buying an additional 195 shares during the last quarter. 91.30% of the stock is 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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