Virtu Financial LLC acquired a new position in Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor acquired 3,991 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $309,000.
Several other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in CPLA. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of Capella Education by 8.5% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,578,148 shares of the company’s stock worth $122,148,000 after acquiring an additional 124,208 shares during the period. Capital Fund Management S.A. grew its position in Capella Education by 1,072.2% during the fourth quarter. Capital Fund Management S.A. now owns 84,397 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,532,000 after buying an additional 77,197 shares during the period. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. acquired a new stake in Capella Education during the fourth quarter valued at $3,930,000. Royce & Associates LP grew its position in Capella Education by 4.4% during the third quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 878,655 shares of the company’s stock valued at $61,638,000 after buying an additional 37,154 shares during the period. Finally, Dupont Capital Management Corp acquired a new stake in Capella Education during the fourth quarter valued at $1,695,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.83% of the company’s stock.
Several analysts recently commented on CPLA shares. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Capella Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. BMO Capital Markets dropped their price target on shares of Capella Education from $98.00 to $83.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Capella Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded shares of Capella Education from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, TheStreet lowered shares of Capella Education from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 1st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Capella Education currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $91.50.
Shares of CPLA stock traded down $1.30 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $89.20. 6,592 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 68,145. Capella Education has a 1-year low of $65.15 and a 1-year high of $99.25. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,060.95, a price-to-earnings ratio of 46.65, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 0.45.
Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The company reported $0.86 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.98 by ($0.12). Capella Education had a net margin of 5.34% and a return on equity of 18.53%. The company had revenue of $112.03 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $112.85 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.97 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .6% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Capella Education will post 4.22 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 8th will be given a $0.43 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 7th. This represents a $1.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.93%. Capella Education’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 88.66%.
Capella Education Company Profile
Capella Education Company is an education services company. The Company provides direct path between learning and employment through its online postsecondary education offerings and through programs to develop job-ready skills for demand markets. The company’s segments include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment.
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