BidaskClub upgraded shares of Strategic Education (NASDAQ:STRA) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report released on Tuesday, September 18th.

Other equities research analysts also recently issued reports about the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Strategic Education from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Strategic Education from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $123.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, June 13th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price target on shares of Strategic Education to $152.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a report on Friday, August 24th. Finally, Barrington Research assumed coverage on shares of Strategic Education in a report on Tuesday, August 21st. They issued an outperform rating and a $160.00 price target on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. Strategic Education presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $144.40.

STRA stock traded up $0.21 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $122.78. 155,118 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 108,362. Strategic Education has a 12 month low of $80.75 and a 12 month high of $138.97. The stock has a market cap of $1.55 billion, a PE ratio of 39.48, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.06 and a beta of 0.89.

Strategic Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 1st. The health services provider reported $0.87 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.84 by $0.03. Strategic Education had a net margin of 3.14% and a return on equity of 18.39%. The company had revenue of $114.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $115.65 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.92 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that Strategic Education will post 4.48 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Strategic Education news, Chairman Robert S. Silberman sold 33,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $123.86, for a total value of $4,087,380.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider J Kevin Gilligan sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $125.28, for a total transaction of $626,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 95,944 shares in the company, valued at approximately $12,019,864.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 212,000 shares of company stock worth $26,631,030 over the last three months. 3.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Bank of Montreal Can lifted its holdings in Strategic Education by 87.2% in the third quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 1,185 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $163,000 after buying an additional 552 shares during the period. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. acquired a new position in Strategic Education in the second quarter valued at $226,000. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. acquired a new position in Strategic Education in the second quarter valued at $235,000. Poplar Forest Capital LLC acquired a new position in Strategic Education in the first quarter valued at $213,000. Finally, Yorktown Management & Research Co Inc bought a new stake in Strategic Education in the second quarter valued at $238,000. Institutional investors own 99.92% of the company’s stock.

About Strategic Education

Strategic Education, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of post-secondary education and other academic programs in the United States. The company operates Strayer University and Capella University that provide undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration, and criminal justice to working adult students through its 74 physical campuses primarily located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions, as well as through online.

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