Xponance Inc. trimmed its position in Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOPE – Get Rating) by 2.6% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The company held 4,322 shares of the company after selling 116 shares during the period. Xponance Inc.’s holdings in Grand Canyon Education were worth $420,000 at the end of the last quarter.
Other big investors have also been buying and selling shares of the company recently. Wedbush Securities Inc. purchased a new equity stake in Grand Canyon Education in Q1 for $216,000. Aviva PLC increased its stake in Grand Canyon Education by 67.3% during the fourth quarter. Aviva PLC now owns 31,681 shares in the company worth $2,715,000 after acquiring an additional 12,742 shares last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. increased its stake in Grand Canyon Education by 174.3% during the fourth quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 85,810 shares of the company worth $7,355,000 after acquiring an additional 54,522 shares last quarter. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D increased its stake in Grand Canyon Education by 15.3% during the fourth quarter. New Jersey State Joint Pension Fund D now owns 36,194 shares of the company worth $3,102,000 after acquiring 4,795 additional shares in the last quarter. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP bought a new position in Grand Canyon Education during the fourth quarter at a value of $440,000. 91.04% of the shares are currently held by institutional investors.
Several research analysts have recently published reports on LOPE shares. TheStreet downgraded shares of Grand Canyon Education from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a Tuesday, April 5 research note. Barrington Research raised its price target on Grand Canyon Education shares from $100.00 to $110.00 in a Thursday, May 5 report. Robert W. Baird raised his price target on Grand Canyon Education shares from $95.00 to $111.00 in a Thursday, May 5 report. Finally, StockNews.com downgraded shares of Grand Canyon Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a Wednesday, May 11 report.
LOPE opened at $90.33 on Friday. The company’s fifty-day moving average price is $90.61 and its two-hundred-day moving average price is $90.23. The company has a market capitalization of $2.92 billion, a price/earnings ratio of 15.11, a PEG ratio of 1.07 and a beta of 0.44. Grand Canyon Education, Inc. has a 1-year minimum of $70.00 and a 1-year maximum of $102.04.
Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ:LOPE – Get Rating) last announced its results on Wednesday, May 4. The company reported EPS of $1.72 for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.70 by $0.02. The company posted revenue of $244.13 million in the quarter, versus a consensus estimate of $241.78 million. Grand Canyon Education had a net margin of 26.59% and a return on equity of 20.81%. The company’s revenue for the quarter increased 3.1% year over year. In the same quarter a year earlier, the company posted earnings per share of $1.72. On average, analysts expect Grand Canyon Education, Inc. to post earnings per share of 5.82 for the current year.
In other news, CAO Lori Browning sold 1,000 shares in a trade dated Tuesday, June 7. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.37, for a total value of $90,370.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 15,369 shares of the company, valued at $1,388,896.53. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, accessible via the SEC’s website. Company insiders own 1.80% of the company’s shares.
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Grand Canyon Education, Inc provides educational services to colleges and universities across the United States. The company’s technology services include learning management system, internal administration, infrastructure and support services; academic services include curriculum and curriculum, faculty and related training and development, course planning, and skills and simulation lab sites; and counseling and support services include admission, financial aid, field experience, and other counseling services.
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