New York State Teachers Retirement System increased its stake in Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) by 1.4% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 21,440 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 300 shares during the period. New York State Teachers Retirement System’s holdings in Capella Education Company were worth $1,882,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. First Quadrant L P CA bought a new stake in shares of Capella Education Company during the third quarter valued at about $950,000. Acadian Asset Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Capella Education Company by 6.5% in the third quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 38,953 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,261,000 after buying an additional 2,366 shares during the period. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC increased its stake in shares of Capella Education Company by 0.7% in the third quarter. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC now owns 27,730 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,609,000 after buying an additional 194 shares during the period. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System increased its stake in shares of Capella Education Company by 8.5% in the third quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 5,100 shares of the company’s stock valued at $296,000 after buying an additional 400 shares during the period. Finally, American Capital Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Capella Education Company during the third quarter valued at about $2,091,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 92.24% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA)

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) opened at 82.00 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $946.69 million, a PE ratio of 22.60 and a beta of 0.67. Capella Education Company has a 52-week low of $48.80 and a 52-week high of $90.40. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $79.67 and a 200 day moving average price of $75.98.

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, February 14th. The company reported $0.97 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.95 by $0.02. The company earned $111.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $110.63 million. Capella Education Company had a return on equity of 21.44% and a net margin of 10.10%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.96 EPS. On average, analysts forecast that Capella Education Company will post $3.75 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 13th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 10th will be paid a $0.41 dividend. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.00%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 8th. Capella Education Company’s payout ratio is presently 45.30%.

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Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on CPLA shares. BMO Capital Markets upgraded Capella Education Company from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $83.00 to $84.00 in a report on Wednesday, February 15th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Capella Education Company from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, February 17th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $78.20.

In other news, CFO Steven L. Polacek sold 3,187 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.00, for a total value of $242,212.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 37,750 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,869,000. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 6.50% of the company’s stock.

About Capella Education Company

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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