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SLM Corporation (NASDAQ: SLM): Hidden Gems In A Time Of Volatility

The trading price of SLM Corporation (NASDAQ:SLM) closed higher on Tuesday, May 23, closing at $15.36, 0.07% higher than its previous close.

Traders who pay close attention to intraday price movement should know that it fluctuated between $15.25 and $15.54. The company’s P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period was 8.96, while its 5Y monthly beta was 1.22. In examining the 52-week price action we see that the stock hit a 52-week high of $20.17 and a 52-week low of $10.81. Over the past month, the stock has gained 5.21% in value.

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SLM Corporation, whose market valuation is $3.82 billion at the time of this writing, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report Jul 25, 2023 – Jul 31, 2023. The dividend yield on the company stock is 2.86%, while its Forward Dividend ratio is 0.44. Investors’ optimism about the company’s current quarter earnings report is understandable. Analysts have predicted the quarterly earnings per share to grow by $1.14 per share this quarter, however they have predicted annual earnings per share of $2.63 for 2023 and $2.8 for 2024. It means analysts are expecting annual earnings per share growth of 49.40% this year and 6.50% next year.

Analysts have forecast the company to bring in revenue of $376.98 million for the current quarter, with the likely lows of $352.97 million and highs of $397 million. The average estimate suggests sales will likely up by 3.90% this quarter compared to what was recorded in the comparable quarter last year. From the analysts’ viewpoint, the consensus estimate for the company’s annual revenue in 2023 is $1.52 billion. The company’s revenue is forecast to grow by 1.90% over what it did in 2023.

A company’s earnings reviews provide a brief indication of a stock’s direction in the short term, where in the case of SLM Corporation No upward and no downward comments were posted in the last 7 days. On the technical side, indicators suggest SLM has a 50% Buy on average for the short term. According to the data of the stock’s medium term indicators, the stock is currently averaging as a 50% Sell, while an average of long term indicators suggests that the stock is currently 50% Buy.

Here is the average analyst rating on the stock as represented by 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock should be considered as either strong buy or strong sell respectively. The number of analysts that have assigned SLM a recommendation rating is 13. Out of them, 4 rate it a Hold, while 8 recommend Buy, whereas 1 assign an Overweight rating. 0 analyst(s) have tagged SLM Corporation (SLM) as Underweight, while 0 advise Sell. Analysts have rated the stock Overweight, likely urging investors to take advantage of the opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.

If we dig deeper into the stock’s outlook, we see that the stock’s PEG is 0.30, which symbolizes a positive outlook. A quick review shows that SLM’s price is currently 3.21% off the SMA20 and 12.22% off the SMA50. The RSI metric on the 14-day chart is currently showing 60.90, and weekly volatility stands at 2.74%. When measured over the past 30 days, the indicator reaches 3.21%. SLM Corporation (NASDAQ:SLM)’s beta value is currently sitting at 1.22, while the Average True Range indicator is currently displaying 0.47. With analysts defining $15.00-$20.00 as the low and high price targets, we arrive at a consensus price target of $18.08 for the trailing 12-month period. The current price is about 2.34% off the estimated low and -30.21% off the forecast high, based on this estimate. Investors will be thrilled if SLM’s share price rises to $18.00, which is the median consensus price. At that level, SLM’s share price would be -17.19% below current price.

To see how SLM Corporation stock has been performing in comparison to its peers in the industry, here are the numbers: SLM stock’s performance was 0.07% in the latest trading, and -12.48% in the past year, while JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) has traded -1.04% on the day and positioned 16.41% higher than it was a year ago. Another comparable company Bank of America Corporation (BAC) saw its stock close 0.85% higher in the most recent trading session but was down -15.59% in a year. Furthermore, Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) showed an increase of 0.56% on the day while its price kept declining at -1.10% over the past year. SLM Corporation has a P/E ratio of 8.96, compared to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s 10.08 and Bank of America Corporation’s 8.62. Also in last trading session, the S&P 500 Index has plunged -1.12%, while the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a negative session, down -0.69% on the day.

An evaluation of the daily trading volume of SLM Corporation (NASDAQ:SLM) indicates that the 3-month average is 2.84 million. However, this figure has increased over the past 10 days to an average of 2.53 million.

Currently, records show that 241.50 million of the company’s shares remain outstanding. The insiders hold 0.20% of outstanding shares, whereas institutions hold 95.11%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of Apr 27, 2023, stood at 8.62 million shares, resulting in a short ratio of 3 at that time. From this, we can conclude that short interest is 3.55% of the company’s total outstanding shares. It is noteworthy that short shares in April were up slightly from the previous month’s figure, which was 7.42 million. However, since the stock’s price has seen -7.47% year-to-date, investors’ interest is likely to be reignited due to its potential to move even lower.

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