Grand Canyon Education Inc. (LOPE): Key fundamentals of LOPE

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Grand Canyon Education Inc. (NASDAQ:LOPE) changes shares on Thursday trading session, with a change of -1.39% or -$1.34 shares. The trading starts at $96.06 and closed at $96.70 throughout the day. The trading session low price was $94.94 and day high was $96.4604 on Thursday, June 18. After the session, the Consumer Defensive sector daily volume shifted to 0.24 million while its average volume is 467.80K. In other hand, the LOPE market cap reached to $4.51B. While, its current target price is $95.36 according to WSJ.

Checking out the performance report which defines the increase or decrease of prices for a specific period. For the last 5 trading sessions, its performance is down -1.59% and up 1.64% for month. Its quarterly performance was 56.35% above, while its half year performance is up 0.31%. LOPE yearly performance stood at negative -22.34% and fall -0.45% for year-to-date. Current recommendation for Grand Canyon Education Inc. is 1.70.

Earnings per share or EPS is an important financial measure, which defines the profitability of a company. LOPE EPS (TTM) for 12-month is 5.35. EPS for this year is 13.50%, while for the next year its value is 6.02. Its EPS Q/Q reached -1.50%. It has an EPS of 17.80% up for past five years.

Let’s take a look on the analyst recommendations on LOPE for the current month and previous month. For the current month, 2 of 4 analysts recommend stock as Buy while 0 as Sell, 1 as overweight, 0 as underweight and 1 as Hold. As compared with the previous month ratings, 0 analysts participate in stock recommendation. Out of 0, 0 rated it sell, 0 rated it as Buy and 0 as Hold Ratings. On the other hand, target price ranges from $102.00-$122.00. Average target price for LOPE was reached at $112.00.

Capital World Investors, Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) and Blackrock Inc. are the top three holders in Grand Canyon Education Inc. (LOPE) stock. On Mar 30, 2020, Capital World Investors has 4.57 million shares which valued 348.95 million. On Mar 30, 2020, Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) owned 4.45 million shares which valued at 339.58 million. On Mar 30, 2020, Blackrock Inc. has a total of 4.22 million shares which valued at 321.64 million. In the end, Blackrock Inc. have 8.91% shares outstanding of Grand Canyon Education Inc. (LOPE) on Mar 30, 2020. The insider ownership moved to 1.30%.

The company posted an EPS (TTM) of 5.35. According to the most recent quarter report on (Jun 2020), 4 analysts estimated an average EPS of 0.89, while 1.09 EPS posted a year ago period. Analyst Estimated EPS for LOPE published in the report was 0.89-0.89 during the same period. Comparing with last year, the average estimated EPS was 1.09 which is lower than 1.53 which was posted for recent quarter EPS.

A brief look on simple moving average (SMA) that determines the market price can impact a market. The SMA for LOPE rise 6.03% for period of 200 days. SMA for 50 days was 6.34% which is showing green signal, while SMA-20 was -2.51%. The moving average value for Grand Canyon Education Inc. (LOPE) is 86.27 and 94.77 for 200 and 50 days respectively.

Let’s take a look on the insider transactions, in which multiple shareholders are showing interest in LOPE stock. On Jun 10, Mildenhall Joseph N, Chief Information Officer, sold 2,000 trading shares at the cost of $100.55, which valued at 0.2 million. On Feb 25, HENRY JACK A, Director, bought 200 shares at the cost of $82.71, with total shares of 17,870. On Feb 24, BACHUS DANIEL E, Chief Financial Officer, bought 1,000 shares at the cost of 81.85. After this transaction, BACHUS DANIEL E total shares reached to 112,659 which valued at 81850.0.