Media stories about Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) have been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Laureate Education earned a news sentiment score of 0.38 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the company an impact score of 47.8395551842944 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- BRIEF-Laureate Education Inc announces CEO transition plan (reuters.com)
- Analyst Research Roundup: Rockwell Automation Inc. (ROK), Laureate Education, Inc. (LAUR) – Newburgh Gazette (newburghgazette.com)
- Laureate Education (LAUR) versus Franklin Covey (FC) Head to Head Comparison (americanbankingnews.com)
- Laureate Education to Present at BMO Capital Markets 17th Annual Back to School Conference (finance.yahoo.com)
- Victoria Silbey Named General Counsel at Laureate Education – Corporate Counsel (registration) (corpcounsel.com)
Laureate Education (LAUR) opened at 14.82 on Thursday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $14.86 and its 200 day moving average price is $13.42. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.50 billion and a PE ratio of 239.03. Laureate Education has a 52-week low of $12.12 and a 52-week high of $15.20.
Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The company reported $0.28 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.53 by ($0.25). The business had revenue of $1.28 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.24 billion. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts forecast that Laureate Education will post ($0.82) EPS for the current fiscal year.
LAUR has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 price target on shares of Laureate Education in a report on Friday, July 21st. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $21.00 target price (up from $20.00) on shares of Laureate Education in a research note on Friday, July 7th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $17.10.
In other news, CEO Richard J. Patro sold 16,383 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.21, for a total value of $249,185.43. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, COO Ricardo M. Berckemeyer sold 47,983 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.29, for a total transaction of $685,677.07. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 13.10% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
Laureate Education Company Profile
Laureate Education, Inc operates a network of degree-granting higher education institution. The Company operates in four segments: Latin America (LatAm); Europe; Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and Global Products and Services (GPS). The Company’s network includes approximately 70 institutions in over 25 countries on over 200 campuses, which the Company collectively refer to as the Laureate International Universities network.
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