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  • Why I Will Never Buy a For-Profit Education Stock

    By Sam Mattera - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI

    The for-profit education stocks like Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL), ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry (NYSE: DV) have been lousy long-term investments.

    Regulatory actions have weighed on the stocks of all three firms, and over the last five-years the stocks have lost 70%, 69% and 44% of their value, respectively.

    Now trading at bargain valuations, these stocks appear cheap based on a number of financial metrics. Nevertheless, I continue more »

  • A New Era for The Washington Post Company?

    By Fani Kelesidou - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, WPO

    Just a couple of days ago, and out of the blue, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (himself not Amazon) took The Washington Post Company's (NYSE: WPO) namesake newspaper and Watergate-era icon off its hands, ending four generations of stewardship by the Graham family.

    What does an e-commerce pioneer like Bezos have to do with an old-media newspaper like the Post? More importantly, what does the future hold for the Washington more »

  • Sell American Education Stocks and Buy Chinese

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, EDU

    The American college enrollment boom pushed schools to capacity and drove up admission costs, but now the climate is much different, and companies are struggling with new regulatory rules and decreased enrollment. According to a July 25 article in the New York Times, "signs point to 2013-14 being the year when traditional four-year, nonprofit colleges begin a contraction that will last for several years." Already, 2012-13 enrollment fell by 2 more »

  • The Sell-Off of This Educational Stock Is Overdone

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI

    As the costs of higher education rise, the stocks of for-profit education companies find themselves in trouble. Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) has recently reported its first quarter earnings, showing that new degree enrollment has slumped 24.5%. Investors have punished the company's stock, pushing it down 14% year-to-date. It’s worth noting that the company has beaten earnings estimates by $0.20 while missing revenue by $18.27 million more »

  • Should We Follow Steven Cohen Into ITT Education Services?

    By Anh HOANG - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI

    Recently, Steven Cohen has filed a 13G filing to disclose his passive stake in ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI). He accumulated more than 1.23 million shares in the company, equivalent to around a 5.3% stake in the company. Since the beginning of the year, ITT has gained nearly 55% on the market, much higher than the S&P 500’s return of only 15.23%. Should we follow more »

  • Stay Away From For-Profit Education

    By Matthew Frankel - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI

    Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL), the for-profit education company that is the parent of University of Phoenix, looks like a great deal on the surface. At 7.9 times TTM earnings and over $1.2 billion in net cash, it almost looks like a “too good to be true” situation. It is. The company’s business model is no longer viable and I believe that Apollo’s recent downsizing efforts are more »

  • Should You Stray Away From This For-Profit Education Services Provider?

    By Mark Lin - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, STRA

    The most profitable investment opportunities are found in industries that are perceived to be high risk. One example is the for-profit education sector which has suffered from issues relating to low enrollment rates and regulatory risks. I like Strayer Education (NASDAQ: STRA), a for-profit, post-secondary education services provider, for the way it has tackled issues like affordability and low graduation rates head on, with the aim of improving enrollment rates more »

  • Devry, Inc.: A Hidden Gem in the Private Education Sector

    By Michael Markow - May 26, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, COCO, DV, ONE, ESI, STRA

    Anyone following the for-profit higher education industry knows of its recent turbulence: student enrollments, net incomes, and ultimately share prices have been falling for years. The common agreement for the cause of the spike and retracement of share prices has been the surge in demand for education after the recent financial panic followed by a weak demand over the past few years, as seen in declining student enrollments. Increasing regulatory more »

  • Should You Invest in Education Stocks?

    By Nauman Aly - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, DV, STRA

    Education companies that are for-profit have been performing poorly in the market recently. Once very popular, these companies have been suffering from financial problems and declining enrollment. Companies like Strayer University (NASDAQ: STRA), Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), and also the Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) have seen large declines in the stock market. In fact, the entire business model is in danger. The fact that new enrollment for these programs more »

  • This Educational Stock Is a Cheap Buy

    By Vladimir Zernov - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, COCO, DV, ESI

    ITT Educational Services(NYSE: ESI) stock was battered in 2012. After starting the year trading at $59.82, ITT's stock finished 2012 trading at only $19.29, a 67.8% decline. The company provides master, bachelor, associate and career-oriented education programs in various fields. This year, the stock has started showing signs of life again. It is currently up 20% year-to-date. The recent positive surprise in the company's more »

  • Should Investors Send For-Profit Education Stocks to Detention?

    By Bob Ciura - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, DV, STRA

    The for-profit education industry in the United States is shrouded in controversy and concern. Investors are understandably shaken by poor financial performance, while new student enrollment figures continue to decline for America’s biggest publicly-traded education companies. After dramatic declines for Strayer University (NASDAQ: STRA), Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI) and Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL), are these stocks as cheap as they appear on the surface? Or do each of these more »

  • Consider This Leading Education Stock

    By Victor Selva - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: BFAM, DV, NED

    Bright Horizons Family Solutions (NYSE: BFAM) is an employer-sponsored child care and early-education service company with a promising short-term outlook. It is expected to outperform within the next 12 months, fueled by strong earnings growth. Multiple reasons lead me to believe that this firm will deliver as expected. Below we will analyze the main items one should take into account when looking into Bright Horizons.

    Considerable competitive advantages

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  • Will A Large Share Buyback Help This Sagging Stock?

    By Mike Thiessen - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, EDMC

    After announcing its second quarter financial results, higher education firm Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) revealed that it had authorized a share buyback program that will allow it to repurchase more than 14 million of its own shares at market prices. With no fixed termination date, the $250 million buyback program will continue indefinitely. It comes on the heels of a rough two years for Apollo's stock.

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  • Will A Large Share Buyback Help This Sagging Stock?

    By Mike Thiessen - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, EDMC

    After announcing its second quarter financial results, higher education firm Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) revealed that it had authorized a share buyback program that will allow it to repurchase more than 14 million of its own shares at market prices. With no fixed termination date, the $250 million buyback program will continue indefinitely. It comes on the heels of a rough two years for Apollo's stock.

    This is not more »

  • Will A Large Share Buyback Help This Sagging Stock?

    By Mike Thiessen - April 14, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, EDMC

    After announcing its second quarter financial results, higher education firm Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) revealed that it had authorized a share buyback program that will allow it to repurchase more than 14 million of its own shares at market prices. With no fixed termination date, the $250 million buyback program will continue indefinitely. It comes on the heels of a rough two years for Apollo's stock.

    This is not more »

  • Consider this Leading Education Stock

    By Victor Selva - April 13, 2013 | Tickers: BFAM, DV, NED

    Bright Horizons Family Solutions (NYSE: BFAM) is an employer-sponsored child care and early education service company with a promising short term outlook. It is expected to outperform within the next 12 months, considering that management recently launched several growth-oriented strategies. Multiple reasons lead to believe that this firm will deliver as expected. Below we will analyze the main items one should take into account when looking into Bright Horizons.

    Considerable more »

  • Wow…Is For-Profit Education Actually Dead?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, CPLA, DV, LOPE

    For most of the past decade, private for-profit educational institutions were the fastest growing, and arguably the most visible part of U.S. higher education. In 2001, 766,000 students were enrolled in for-profit schools, compared to 2.4 million in 2010, and the years between 1998 and 2008 saw enrollment growth of 255%, compared to 31% growth overall for enrollment across all schools granting post-secondary degrees.

    On the whole more »

  • This Education Company Is Clearly Smart Despite Trouble

    By Shas Dey - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, SLM, STRA

    The for-profit US education sector is a lesser favorite among investors, given the current decline in student enrollments, high student loan balances and negative publicity regarding government funding. However, this sector posted strong results prior to the recession and I am of the opinion that in the long run, as the economy picks up and the unemployment rate goes down, this sector will prove to be a good turnaround investment more »

  • Getting Schooled By Career Education Corp

    By Sajid Karsan - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, CECO, COCO, DV, ESI, STRA

    The for-profit education sector has been hit hard by the market, and for good reason. This industry utilized dishonest marketing practices and drove its enormous growth using massive amounts of federal funding that was rubber stamped by public servants asleep at the wheel. But the party's now over; new rules and additional oversight have pushed many companies in this sector into the red, causing massive losses. But has the more »

  • Education is Changing, Are You Ready?

    By Kyle Campbell - March 4, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, DV, ESI, STRA

    Editor's Note: Contrary to reporting in a prior version of this post, Ashford University retains its accreditation, and did not recently lose it. The Fool regrets the error.

    The higher education landscape is changing, and for-profit education providers could wind up with a failing grade. With costs skyrocketing, and students turning to the fast-growing field of free online education services, let’s see whether these traditional education companies look more »

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