SLM Corp (NASDAQ:SLM) has received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the twelve research firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and eight have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $13.03.

Several research analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered SLM from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, November 19th. Oppenheimer set a $13.00 price target on SLM and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, November 11th. BidaskClub lowered SLM from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 9th. Wells Fargo & Co dropped their price target on SLM from $14.00 to $13.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, December 12th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered SLM from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, September 28th.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in SLM. Strs Ohio purchased a new position in shares of SLM during the second quarter valued at approximately $242,000. SG Americas Securities LLC boosted its position in shares of SLM by 14.3% during the second quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 60,519 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $693,000 after buying an additional 7,561 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC raised its stake in shares of SLM by 7.3% during the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 2,382,714 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $27,282,000 after acquiring an additional 162,021 shares in the last quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. bought a new stake in shares of SLM during the second quarter valued at approximately $562,000. Finally, FMR LLC raised its stake in shares of SLM by 14.3% during the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 28,205,593 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $322,954,000 after acquiring an additional 3,522,468 shares in the last quarter.

Shares of SLM stock traded up $0.08 during trading on Friday, reaching $9.11. 308,059 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,208,598. The firm has a market cap of $3.99 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.83, a PEG ratio of 0.39 and a beta of 1.34. The company has a quick ratio of 1.41, a current ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.86. SLM has a 52-week low of $7.95 and a 52-week high of $12.46.

SLM (NASDAQ:SLM) last issued its quarterly earnings data 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 firm had revenue of $356.63 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $350.10 million. SLM had a net margin of 22.81% and a return on equity of 18.84%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.17 EPS. On average, equities analysts expect that SLM will post 1.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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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Analyst Recommendations for SLM (NASDAQ:SLM)

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