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March 5, 2013
10:19 EDTCOCO, LOPE, BPI, APEI, LINC, ESI, EDMC, APOL, DV, NAUH, STRA, CECOApollo Group rallies after Deutsche Bank upgrade
For-profit education company Apollo Group (APOL) is climbing after Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Ginocchio upgraded the stock to Hold from Sell in a note to investors earlier today. The valuation of University of Phoenix students reflected by the stock has reached "pretty distressed levels," wrote the analyst. Even if the company's enrollment trends deteriorate farther, the stock is unlikely to fall much below current levels, the analyst believes. The company's Learning Management System - which uses advanced computer learning features to adapt teaching methods to individual students - is worth $2-$6 per share, Ginocchio contends. This system and the company's cash justify a share price of $10-$16 without factoring in the University of Phoenix, the analyst wrote. Finally, the changes that Apollo must make to retain accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission should not significantly lower the company's enrollment trends or increase its costs, added Ginocchio, who retained a $17 price target on the shares. In mid-morning trading, Apollo Group jumped 85c, or 5% to $17. Other for-profit education companies also advanced, with ITT Educational (ESI) gaining 3% to $12.75, Grand Canyon (LOPE) rising 1.7% to $23.45, and Strayer (STRA) climbing 1.2% to $47.50.
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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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