Analyst Ratings for SLM Corp. (SLM)

Updated: 2017-07-26

An average rating of Buy has been given to SLM Corp. (NASDAQ:SLM) by analysts covering the stock. About 30 days ago, SLM was issued an average rating of Buy.

9 analysts declared SLM a buy, 0 gave an overweight rating, 1 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Today, there are 1 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

SLM was given price targets by several analysts. The highest price target was 16, implying potential capital gains of 43.88 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 12, which equates to a potential downside of 7.91 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -5.88 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -2.94 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -0.68 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -0.68 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 2 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 4 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, compared to 4 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of SLM's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 14.56 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. SLM has a PEG ratio of 1.23.

SLM has traded between a high of 13.20 and a low of 6.93 over the past year. Today's price is 60.46 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 15.76 percent. SLM has a price/earnings ratio of 17.94. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The SLM value stock report compares SLM to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.88 billion. SLM will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.