SLM Stock Hits New 52-Week High (SLM)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- SLM (Nasdaq: SLM) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $17.06, above its previous 52-week high of $16.94 with 242,969 shares traded as of 9:50 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 3.5 million shares over the past 30 days.

SLM has a market cap of $7.81 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

SLM Corporation, through its subsidiaries, originates, acquires, finances, and services private education loans in the United States. It offers processing capabilities to educational institutions, 529 college-savings plan program management services, and a consumer savings network. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 10 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates SLM as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full SLM Ratings Report.

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