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February 7, 2013
11:24 EDTCOCO, LOPE, BPI, CECO, LINC, ESI, EDMC, APEI, DV, NAUH, STRA, APOLFor-profit education stocks rally after DeVry beats expectations
For-profit education stocks are climbing after one of the largest companies in the sector, DeVry (DV), reported stronger than expected second quarter results last night. DeVry's earnings excluding one-time items came in at 87c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 56c. The company's revenue was slightly higher than expected. DeVry said that its costs in the second quarter were below its previous outlook, partly due to the deferral of some expenses into the third quarter. DeVry now expects to reduce its costs by $80M in the current fiscal year, up from its previous total of $60M. Undergraduate enrollment at the company's flagship DeVry University dropped 15.5% for the November 2012 session compared with the same period a year earlier and graduate student enrollment tumbled 16% during the same period. The total number of online undergraduate and graduate coursetakers in the November session decreased 11.7%, the company added. On a positive note, total enrollment at the company's Chamberlain College of Nursing surged 13.5%. In a note to investors earlier today, JPMorgan analyst Jeffrey Volshteyn upgraded his rating on the stock to Neutral from Underwegiht. While DeVry University's enrollment was weak, the company's other schools posted "stellar" results, the analyst wrote, adding that the company's diversification strategy appears to be working. Volshteyn increased his target on the shares to $28 from $22. In late morning trading, Apollo Group (APOL) climbed 3% to $20.60, Strayer (STRA) rallied 5% to $61, Grand Canyon (LOPE) rose 4% to $25.50, and ITT Educational (ESI) soared 7.5% to $18.07. Meanwhile, DeVry shares jumped over 20% to $31.41.
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November 24, 2015
13:14 EDTESIJudge grants preliminary approval to $16.9M settlement in ITT Educational suit
A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to an approximately $16.96M cash settlement achieved by Lead Plaintiffs Plumbers and Pipefitters National Pension Fund and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund with defendants ITT Educational Services, Inc., and two of its officers, Daniel M. Fitzpatrick and Kevin M. Modany.The proposed settlement approved by Judge J. Paul Oetken, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on Monday, Nov. 23, resolves securities fraud claims asserted under Section 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by the Plumbers and Pipefitters National Fund and Metropolitan Water Retirement Fund against the defendants for alleged material misrepresentations and omissions concerning the company's liabilities under certain risk-sharing agreements it had entered into with third-party student enders of ITT student loans. The proposed $16.96M cash settlement will benefit a putative class of persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired ITT Educational Services, Inc., common stock between April 24, 2008, and Feb. 25, 2013. In the order issued on Nov. 23, Judge Oetken also gave authorization for the class notice to be issued to class members. A court hearing will be held on March 8, 2016, to determine whether the settlement should be given final approval and to hear any objections to the settlement.
November 23, 2015
18:42 EDTAPOLS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: CSRA (CSRA) will be added to the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Friday, November 27, replacing Computer Sciences (CSC), which will be removed from the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Monday, November 30. CSRA will be added to the S&P 500 on a zero price basis reflecting its spin-off from Computer Sciences. Following the spin-off, the Computer Sciences stub will replace Apollo Education Group (APOL) in the S&P MidCap 400. Computer Sciences' post spin market capitalization will be more representative of the mid-cap market space. Apollo Education is ranked at the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400 Phibro Animal Health (PAHC) will replace Pericom Semiconductor (PSEM) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, November 25. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Diodes (DIOD) is acquiring Pericom Semiconductor in a deal expected to be completed soon pending final conditions.
17:23 EDTAPOLCSC to replace Apollo Education in S&P 400 as of 11/30 close
November 16, 2015
14:00 EDTEDMCDoJ: Education Management to pay $95.5M over allegedly 'unlawful recruitment'
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