Apollo Group Stock Gaps Down On Today's Open (APOL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of Apollo Group (Nasdaq: APOL) were gapping down Wednesday morning with an open price 12% lower than Tuesday's closing price. The stock closed at $27.49 Tuesday and opened today's trading at $24.20.

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The average volume for Apollo Group has been 1.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Apollo Group has a market cap of $3.12 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 49% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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 6.7, 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 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, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Apollo Group Ratings Report.

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