Shares of SLM Corp (NASDAQ:SLM) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the thirteen brokerages that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and nine have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $14.53.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of SLM from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 11th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of SLM from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, September 28th. ValuEngine raised shares of SLM from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 10th. Finally, Oppenheimer set a $16.00 price objective on shares of SLM and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 25th.

NASDAQ:SLM opened at $10.11 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 1.41, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.86. The company has a market cap of $4.48 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.24, a P/E/G ratio of 0.52 and a beta of 1.21. SLM has a fifty-two week low of $9.78 and a fifty-two week high of $12.46.

SLM (NASDAQ:SLM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 22nd. The credit services provider reported $0.23 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.24 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $356.63 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $350.10 million. SLM had a return on equity of 18.84% and a net margin of 22.81%. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.17 EPS. On average, equities analysts predict that SLM will post 1.02 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Loomis Sayles & Co. L P grew its holdings in SLM by 1.3% during the 3rd quarter. Loomis Sayles & Co. L P now owns 371,143 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $4,139,000 after purchasing an additional 4,737 shares in the last quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB grew its holdings in SLM by 7.7% during the 3rd quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB now owns 67,079 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $748,000 after purchasing an additional 4,800 shares in the last quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP grew its holdings in SLM by 10.6% during the 3rd quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP now owns 60,265 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $672,000 after purchasing an additional 5,785 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System grew its holdings in SLM by 2.3% during the 3rd quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 309,142 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $3,447,000 after purchasing an additional 6,978 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Rehmann Capital Advisory Group grew its holdings in SLM by 1,014.9% during the 3rd quarter. Rehmann Capital Advisory Group now owns 7,693 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $690,000 after purchasing an additional 7,003 shares in the last quarter.

SLM Company Profile

SLM Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a saving, planning, and paying for college company in the United States. The company originates and services private education loans to students and their families. Its loan portfolio also includes federal family education loan program, personal, and other loans.

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