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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Apollo Group

(Nasdaq:

APOL

) is trading at unusually high volume Friday with 15.4 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 6.3 times its average daily volume and trading up 44 cents (+2.5%) at $17.72 as of 4 p.m. ET.

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Apollo Group has a market cap of $1.95 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online and on-campus educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Apollo Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Apollo Group Ratings Report

.

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