NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

American Public Education

(Nasdaq:

APEI

) hit a new 52-week low Monday as it is currently trading at $26.96, below its previous 52-week low of $27.06 with 100,291 shares traded as of 10:59 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 201,900 shares over the past 30 days.

American Public has a market cap of $570 million and is part of the

services

sector and

diversified services

industry. Shares are down 35.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

American Public Education, Inc., together with its subsidiary, American Public University System, Inc., provides online postsecondary education focusing on the needs of the military and public service communities. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 14.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates American Public as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

American Public Ratings Report

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