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March 27, 2013
10:08 EDTAPOLApollo falls after Wells Fargo analyst cuts rating
For profit education company Apollo Group (APOL) is falling after a Wells Fargo analyst downgraded the stock, citing what he sees as the company's uncertain outlook. Apollo reported stronger than expected second quarter results on March 25, but its student enrollment was below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan dropped his rating on Apollo to Market Perform from Outperform in a note to clients earlier today. Apollo's decision to close a number of its campuses appears to be having a greater negative effect than the company anticipated, wrote Urdan, adding that these negative trends could continue for several more quarters. Meanwhile, Apollo's new advertising strategy doesn't appear to be significantly increasing demand, the analyst believes. Moreover, the stock can't rebound significantly until the company's new enrollment stabilizes, and Apollo's management doesn't seem to know how to make that happen, he wrote. Urdan slashed his price target range on the shares to $17-$19 from $32-$35. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apollo's stock jumped more than 5% to $18.25 on the day it reported its results, but has since retreated. In early trading today, the shares slid 54c, or 3%, to $17.22.
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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 EDTAPOLFor-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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