NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Nelnet (NYSE: NNI) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $24.57, above its previous 52-week high of $24.49 with 42,692 shares traded as of 12:15 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 120,300 shares over the past 30 days.

Nelnet has a market cap of $855.2 million and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Nelnet, Inc., an education services company, focuses on providing fee-based processing services, and education-related products and services in the areas of loan financing, loan servicing, payment processing, and enrollment services. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.2, equal to the average financial services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nelnet as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has not been very careful in the management of its balance sheet. You can view the full Nelnet Ratings Report.

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