The ex-dividend date for SLM (Nasdaq:SLM) is tomorrow, December 5, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $16.51 as of 10 a.m., the dividend yield is 3%.
Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for SLM (Nasdaq: SLM) is tomorrow, December 5, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $16.51 as of 10 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%. The average volume for SLM has been 3.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. SLM has a market cap of $7.65 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 7.7, 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, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. 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. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list. Holiday Special: Subscribe to Action Alerts PLUS to see how Jim Cramer trades his $2.5 Million+ portfolio for 51% off the list price. Your first 14-days are FREE: Sign up today to get e-mail alerts before every trade.