Strayer Education (STRA) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Accern Reports

News articles about Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Strayer Education earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the health services provider an impact score of 45.6019657116931 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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STRA has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price target on Strayer Education from $112.00 to $95.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Monday, March 5th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Strayer Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, January 5th. First Analysis upgraded Strayer Education from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their target price for the company from $105.00 to $112.00 in a research note on Sunday, March 4th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Strayer Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, February 5th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. Strayer Education currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $103.75.

Shares of STRA opened at $104.89 on Monday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,170.71, a PE ratio of 33.73, a PEG ratio of 2.65 and a beta of 0.83. Strayer Education has a one year low of $76.40 and a one year high of $109.82.

Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The health services provider reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.29 by ($0.20). The firm had revenue of $118.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $121.50 million. Strayer Education had a net margin of 4.53% and a return on equity of 17.75%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.07 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Strayer Education will post 3.96 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th were paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.95%. Strayer Education’s dividend payout ratio is presently 32.15%.

In related news, insider Brian W. Jones sold 8,743 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $91.24, for a total value of $797,711.32. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 40,325 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,679,253. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Daniel Wayne Jackson sold 19,097 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.39, for a total transaction of $1,783,468.83. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 58,015 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,418,020.85. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 34,043 shares of company stock valued at $3,181,155. 6.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Strayer Education Company Profile

Strayer 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 that provides 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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