(VIANEWS) – The NASDAQ opens in less than five hours and American Public Education‘s pre-market value is already 4.42% up.

The last session, NASDAQ ended with American Public Education (APEI) falling 3.9% to $8.38. NASDAQ fell 1.79% to $11,220.19, after two successive sessions in a row of losses, on what was an all-around negative trend trading session.

Why is American Public Education Stock Going Down?

Several factors are at play when a company’s stock price falls, and American Public Education is no different. The company has recently missed revenue and earnings per share (EPS) expectations for both the first two quarters of the year, and the company’s enrollment is down. Meanwhile, the company’s margins have been in decline, and its expenses are rising. These factors combined with the fact that management has been selling off shares are leading investors to question whether American Public Education is a good investment.

While it can be difficult to evaluate a stock’s value, analysts commonly use two metrics to determine its value: current share price and trailing price/earnings ratio. The former gives investors an easy way to compare stocks, while the latter provides a more comprehensive view. As for American Public Education, its current share price is 11x trailing earnings, a figure that represents how recent earnings compare to the company’s previous earnings.

In the first quarter, American Public’s total costs rose 92% year over year, primarily due to the inclusion of the RU. The company also had to absorb higher employee compensation costs, bad debt expenses, and instructional materials costs. Additionally, it spent more than expected on advertising in its HCN segment and professional fees related to integration planning.

American Public Education’s revenue growth has come under pressure from the latest federal government crackdown on for-profit colleges. The Defense Department issued executive order 13067 banning the use of military installations by for-profit colleges. Although the order was ignored by the Defense Department, the stock’s value could be impacted by a crackdown on recruitment and enrollment at for-profit institutions.

About American Public Education

American Public Education, Inc. and its affiliates offer postsecondary education online as well as on-campus. It operates in three distinct segments, American Public University System and Rasmussen University. The company offers 130 degrees and 111 certificates in a variety of fields, such as business administration, law, security and military studies and intelligence. It also offers nursing and health science-focused postsecondary education. This includes a diploma in practical nursing as well as an associate degree of nursing. American Public Education, Inc., was founded in 1991. It is located in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Volume

Today’s last reported volume for American Public Education is 300916, 52.64% above its average volume of 197138.

American Public Education’s last close was $8.38, 68.89% under its 52-week high of $26.94.

American Public Education’s Revenue

Year-on-year quarterly revenue growth grew by 74.8%, now sitting on 485.01M for the twelve trailing months.

Volatility

American Public Education’s last day, last week, and last month’s current intraday variation average was 4.06%, 3.17%, and 3.13%, respectively.

American Public Education’s highest amplitude of average volatility was 6.47% (day), 6.06% (last week), and 5.66% (last month), respectively.

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