Capella Education (CPLA) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Accern Reports

News coverage about Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Capella Education earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 47.0239397695084 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Capella Education (CPLA) opened at $79.40 on Monday. Capella Education has a twelve month low of $65.15 and a twelve month high of $99.25. The stock has a market cap of $922.95, a PE ratio of 22.43, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.61 and a beta of 0.38.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The company reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.05. Capella Education had a net margin of 9.60% and a return on equity of 19.21%. The firm had revenue of $107.01 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $108.10 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.81 earnings per share. Capella Education’s revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that Capella Education will post 3.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 18th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 22nd will be issued a dividend of $0.43 per share. This represents a $1.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.17%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 21st. This is a boost from Capella Education’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.41. Capella Education’s payout ratio is 46.33%.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the company. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $86.00 price target on shares of Capella Education in a research note on Monday, September 18th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Capella Education in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Capella Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, Barrington Research cut shares of Capella Education from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $96.33.

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About Capella Education

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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