SLM Corporation (NASDAQ:SLM) traded at $6.95 at last check on Monday, Jun 29, making an upward move of 4.2% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $6.67 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 1.41 with the day’s price range being $6.69 – 7.01. The company has a 12-month trailing PE ratio of 3.85. In terms of its 52-week price range, SLM has a high of $12.32 and a low of $5.6. The company’s stock has gained about -8.31% over that past 30 days.

SLM has a market cap of $2.61 Billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Oct 21, 2019- Oct 25, 2019. With its Forward Dividend at 0.12 and a yield of 1.73%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the SLM stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.11, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $1.29 for 2020 and $1.53 for next year. These figures represent 0.02% and at 0.19% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.

Analysts tracking the company’s growth have also given it a consensus growth in revenue estimated at $348.59 Million, with a low of $325Million and a high of $356Million. The median projection represents growth adding up to -12.2% compared to sales earnings for the corresponding quarter a year ago. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecasts for 2020 are expected to hit $1.46 Billion, or -9.9% down from figures reported last year.

On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the SLM stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Sell, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 100% Sell. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 100% Sell.

Let’s briefly compare SLM (SLM) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of +4.2% and -28.5% over the past 12 months for SLM betters that of Capital One Financial Corp (COF), which has seen its stock price rise 1.99% in the latest trading session and is -31.25% over the last one year. Another of its peers Discover Financial Services (DFS) has climbed 1.34% today, but is -36.44% down over the past year, while Credit Acceptance (CACC) is also up 4.2% yet its price remains in the red at -28.5% over the same period. Capital has a P/E ratio of 12.35 compared to SLM’s 3.82 and Discover’s 7.37. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at 2.32% and 1.47%, respectively, in early deals.

Coming back to SLM Corporation (NASDAQ:SLM), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 4.84 Million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 6.87 Million. Current shares outstanding are 375.1 Million.

According to data from Thomson Reuters, insiders hold 0.84% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 111.8%. The data shows that short shares as of June 14, 2020, stood at 38.38 Million at a short ratio of 7.71. This represents a 10.23% Short interest in Shares outstanding on June 14, 2020. Shares short dropped in June from the previous month at 41.13 Million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock -22% down in year-to-date price movement.