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March 22, 2013
10:19 EDTDV, NAUH, STRA, APOL, COCO, LOPE, BPI, CECO, LINC, ESI, EDMC, APEIAmerican Public Education climbs following Wells Fargo upgrade
American Public Education (APEI), a for-profit education company that focuses on serving members of the military, is climbing after Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform in a note to investors earlier today. The budget extension passed by Congress this week restores funding for a program that pays for members of the military to take college courses, Urdan stated. Moreover, the sequester could reduce the number of people serving in the military by as much as 200,000 by the end of this year, according to Urdan, who cited an estimate by the House Armed Services Committee staff. A large number of those leaving the military are likely to use the Post 9/11 GI bill to obtain additional training and degrees, the analyst wrote. Urdan raised his price target on the stock to $37-$41 from $27-$33. In early trading, the stock climbed $1, or 3%, to $35. Other for-profit education stocks also rose, with Apollo Group (APOL) gaining 2% to $17.20, Grand Canyon (LOPE) climbing 1.3% to $25.10 and Education Management Corp (EDMC) advancing 1.6% to $3.75.
News For APEI;CECO;APOL;EDMC;BPI;STRA;ESI;LOPE;NAUH;LINC;COCO;DV From The Last 14 Days
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January 16, 2015
13:25 EDTAPOLManning & Napier Advisors reports 6.44% passive stake in Apollo Education
January 15, 2015
14:45 EDTAPEI, LOPE, ESI, DV, COCO, CECO, BPI, APOL, STRAFor-profit education names slip after Wells says search data negative
Shares of a number of for-profit education companies are falling after Wells Fargo wrote that Google search trends do not bode well for the sector. WHAT'S NEW: Google search trends for the fourth quarter indicate that students' interest in for-profit education companies probably did not increase significantly during that period, Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan wrote in a note to investors today. The data indicates that new student enrollment at the schools could even come in below already pessimistic expectations, Urdan reported. The analyst found that searches for terms related to for-profit schools dropped in Q4, versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, there were many more searches in Q4 for non-profit schools than for-profit colleges, Urdan stated. Sentiment towards for-profit education names is already "quite weak" after President Obama on January 9 proposed allowing all Americans to attend community college at no cost and Apollo Education (APOL) on January 8 provided lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance, Urdan stated. As a result, investors may already be expecting schools in the sector to report weak enrollment data, Urdan believes. However, the search data for Strayer (STRA) is "more negative than positive," even though expectations for the company appear to be elevated, the analyst reported. On a positive note, search results for Capella Education (CPLA), Grand Canyon (LOPE), and DeVry's (DV) Chamberlain looked better than average, Urdan reported, adding that investors' expectations towards those names are relatively upbeat. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Strayer fell 1% to $68, ITT Educational fell 3.6% to $8.37, Bridgepoint Educational (BPI) tumbled 4.5% to $10.10, American Public (APEI) slid 2.25% to $33.89, and Grand Canyon gave back 2% to $43.
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