Owners of SLM (NASDAQ: SLM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $26.46 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%. The average volume for SLM has been 2.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. SLM has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 55.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. SLM Corporation, also known as Sallie Mae, 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 8.49. 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 now.