Renaissance Technologies LLC Buys A Little More Capella Education Company (CPLA) Stock

Xavier Trudeau
Août 13, 2017

Renaissance Technologies LLC says it bought 18,625 shares in quarter ending 06/30/2017 increasing its exposure to Capella Education Company by 2.0%. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 89.08% of the company's stock. Sei Investments Co. now owns 2,428 shares of the company's stock worth $207,000 after buying an additional 79 shares in the last quarter.

Legal & General Grp Public Limited Company has 0% invested in Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA). Finally, Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Capella Education by 2.2% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 4,700 shares of the company's stock valued at $400,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors Lp downsized its ownership by selling 832 shares a decrease of 0.2%. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 2,292 shares of the company's stock valued at $196,000 after buying an additional 1,022 shares during the period. The value of the position overall is down by 27.4%. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 8,461 shares of the company's stock valued at $724,000 after buying an additional 102 shares in the last quarter. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC bought a new position in Capella Education during the second quarter valued at $313,000. Finally, American Century Companies Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Capella Education by 141.8% in the first quarter.

Capella Education Company (CPLA) opened at 67.70 on Thursday. About 4,097 shares traded. The stock has a market cap of $781.37 million, a PE ratio of 17.28 and a beta of 0.49. Capella Education Company has a 12-month low of $56.88 and a 12-month high of $99.25. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $80.71 and a 200-day moving average of $84.17.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $109.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $109.89 million. Capella Education had a net margin of 10.49% and a return on equity of 20.23%. Capella Education's quarterly revenue was up 2.7% compared to the same quarter a year ago. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.93 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that Capella Education Company will post $3.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. Capella Education Company also recently declared a dividend that will be paid on Friday October 13th, 2017. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 25th will be paid a $0.41 dividend. The ex-dividend date will be on Monday May 22nd, 2017. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.45%. Capella Education's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is now 42.38%.

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Several brokerages have recently weighed in on CPLA. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Capella Education from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $97.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, April 18th. Barrington Research dropped their price objective on Capella Education from $98.00 to $90.00 and set an "outperform" rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with "Outperform" on Wednesday, July 26. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. Sell-side firms, on a consensus basis have a $87.50 price target on the name and a 2.30 recommendation, according to First Call. The stock was sold at an average price of $88.79, for a total value of $177,580.00.

Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ CPLA) remained flat at $66.95 during trading on Friday. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 18,000 shares of company stock valued at $1,543,760. Insiders own 3.56% of the company's stock.

Capella Education Company (CPLA) declined 1.02% on early Wednesday, reaching $67.70. 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 divisions include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment.

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