SLM Reaches 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 $20.54, above its previous 52-week high of $20.50 with 531,694 shares traded as of 10:46 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 3.9 million shares over the past 30 days.

SLM has a market cap of $9.17 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 18.9% 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. The company operates through three segments: Consumer Lending, Business Services, and FFELP Loans. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, 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, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full SLM Ratings Report.

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