Laureate Education Inc. (LAUR): Consumer Defensive sector is gaining shares

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Laureate Education Inc. (NASDAQ:LAUR) changes shares on Thursday trading session, with a change of 0.51% or $0.05 shares. The trading starts at $9.80 and closed at $9.75 throughout the day. The trading session low price was $9.50 and day high was $9.89 on Thursday, June 25. After the session, the Consumer Defensive sector daily volume shifted to 0.78 million while its average volume is 1.15M. In other hand, the LAUR market cap reached to $2.04B. While, its current target price is $9.80 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 -2.78% and down -3.83% for month. Its quarterly performance was -8.92% below, while its half year performance is down -44.82%. LAUR yearly performance stood at negative -34.58% and fall -44.35% for year-to-date. Current recommendation for Laureate Education Inc. is 1.90.

Earnings per share or EPS is an important financial measure, which defines the profitability of a company. LAUR EPS (TTM) for 12-month is 1.19. EPS for this year is -70.60%, while for the next year its value is 0.89. Its EPS Q/Q reached 215.20%. It has an EPS of 15.60% up for past five years.

Let’s take a look on the analyst recommendations on LAUR for the current month and previous month. For the current month, 5 of 6 analysts recommend stock as Buy while 0 as Sell, 0 as overweight, 0 as underweight and 1 as Hold. As compared with the previous month ratings, 6 analysts participate in stock recommendation. Out of 6, 0 rated it sell, 4 rated it as Buy and 2 as Hold Ratings. On the other hand, target price ranges from $11.00-$17.50. Average target price for LAUR was reached at $14.75.

FMR, LLC, Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. are the top three holders in Laureate Education Inc. (LAUR) stock. On Mar 30, 2020, FMR, LLC has 15.84 million shares which valued 166.47 million. On Mar 30, 2020, Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) owned 10.62 million shares which valued at 111.61 million. On Mar 30, 2020, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. has a total of 9.0 million shares which valued at 94.59 million. In the end, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. have 7.56% shares outstanding of Laureate Education Inc. (LAUR) on Mar 30, 2020. The insider ownership moved to 7.20%.

The company posted an EPS (TTM) of 1.19. According to the most recent quarter report on (Jun 2020), 6 analysts estimated an average EPS of 0.52, while 3.48 EPS posted a year ago period. Analyst Estimated EPS for LAUR published in the report was 0.34-0.81 during the same period. Comparing with last year, the average estimated EPS was 3.48 which is higher than 0.47 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 LAUR fall -33.62% for period of 200 days. SMA for 50 days was 2.18% which is showing green signal, while SMA-20 was -6.59%. The moving average value for Laureate Education Inc. (LAUR) is 13.98 and 9.82 for 200 and 50 days respectively.

Let’s take a look on the insider transactions, in which multiple shareholders are showing interest in LAUR stock. On May 11, Charhon Jean-Jacques, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, bought 101,118 trading shares at the cost of $8.94, which valued at 0.9 million. On Dec 30, HOEHN SARIC RULDOLF CHRISTOPHE, Director, sold 673,278 shares at the cost of $17.37, with total shares of 12,768. On Dec 30, BECKER DOUGLAS L, Director, sold 673,278 shares at the cost of 17.37. After this transaction, BECKER DOUGLAS L total shares reached to 12,768 which valued at 11.69 million.