Laureate Education Inc (LAUR) Shares Down Despite Recent Market Volatility

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The stock of Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ: LAUR) has decreased by -0.07 when compared to last closing price of 14.07. Despite this, the company has experienced a -4.16% fall in its stock price over the last five trading sessions. GlobeNewsWire reported 2024-04-10 that MIAMI, April 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Laureate Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAUR) plans to release results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, on Thursday, May 2, 2024, before the stock market opens. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call with investors and analysts at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the first quarter results and the Company’s business outlook.

Is It Worth Investing in Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ: LAUR) Right Now?

The price-to-earnings ratio for Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ: LAUR) is above average at 20.64x, Company’s 36-month beta value is 0.75.Analysts have differing opinions on the stock, with 6 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 4 as “overweight,” 3 as “hold,” and 0 as “sell.”

The public float for LAUR is 130.04M, and currently, short sellers hold a 3.88% ratio of that floaft. The average trading volume of LAUR on April 19, 2024 was 658.26K shares.

LAUR’s Market Performance

LAUR stock saw an increase of -4.16% in the past week, with a monthly gain of 2.25% and a quarterly increase of 9.84%. The volatility ratio for the week is 2.88%, and the volatility levels for the last 30 days are 1.93% for Laureate Education Inc (LAUR). The simple moving average for the last 20 days is -2.38% for LAUR stock, with a simple moving average of 6.45% for the last 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of LAUR

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for LAUR stocks, with Jefferies repeating the rating for LAUR by listing it as a “Buy.” The predicted price for LAUR in the upcoming period, according to Jefferies is $20 based on the research report published on October 06, 2023 of the previous year 2023.

Morgan Stanley, on the other hand, stated in their research note that they expect to see LAUR reach a price target of $17, previously predicting the price at $15. The rating they have provided for LAUR stocks is “Overweight” according to the report published on August 07th, 2023.

Morgan Stanley gave a rating of “Equal-Weight” to LAUR, setting the target price at $15 in the report published on May 08th of the previous year.

LAUR Trading at 2.39% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought LAUR to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -5.73% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 1.93%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 2.88%, as shares surge +0.43% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +10.62% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, LAUR fell by -4.16%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +16.68% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $14.41. In addition, Laureate Education Inc saw 2.55% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at LAUR starting from del Corro Pedro, who sale 24,343 shares at the price of $12.62 back on Mar 05 ’24. After this action, del Corro Pedro now owns 0 shares of Laureate Education Inc, valued at $307,209 using the latest closing price.

del Corro Pedro, the Director of Laureate Education Inc, sale 1,086 shares at $12.62 during a trade that took place back on Mar 05 ’24, which means that del Corro Pedro is holding 46,729 shares at $13,705 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for LAUR

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • 0.23 for the present operating margin
  • 0.27 for the gross margin

The net margin for Laureate Education Inc stands at 0.12. The total capital return value is set at 0.2. Equity return is now at value 13.60, with 5.73 for asset returns.

Based on Laureate Education Inc (LAUR), the company’s capital structure generated 0.38 points at debt to capital in total, while cash flow to debt ratio is standing at 0.43. The debt to equity ratio resting at 0.61. The interest coverage ratio of the stock is 31.88.

Currently, EBITDA for the company is 453.51 million with net debt to EBITDA at 1.21. When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 1.83. The receivables turnover for the company is 13.83for trailing twelve months and the total asset turnover is 0.7. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 0.50.

Conclusion

In a nutshell, Laureate Education Inc (LAUR) has experienced a better performance in recent times. The stock has received mixed “buy” and “hold” ratings from analysts. It is worth mentioning that the stock is currently trading in close proximity to its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.

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