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) -- SLM (Nasdaq: SLM) is trading at unusually high volume Thursday with 6.6 million shares changing hands. It is currently at two times its average daily volume and trading up 63 cents (+2.7%) at $24.11 as of 3:30 p.m. ET.
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SLM has a market cap of $10.21 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 34.2% 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 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. 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 all heavy volume stocks in our stocks moving on unusual volume list or get investment ideas from our investment research center. Exclusive Offer: Jim Cramer's 'go-to' small/mid-cap guru Bryan Ashenberg only buys stocks he thinks could return 50-100% See his top picks for 14-days FREE.