NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Shares of

Capella Education Company

(Nasdaq:

CPLA

) were gapping up Thursday morning with an open price 11.7% higher than Wednesday's closing price. The stock closed at $47.98 Wednesday and opened today's trading at $53.58.

The average volume for Capella has been 189,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Capella has a market cap of $760.2 million and is part of the

services

sector and

diversified services

industry. Shares are down 27.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Capella Education Company, through its subsidiary, Capella University, provides online post-secondary education services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capella as a

hold

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

Capella Ratings Report

.

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