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.

Several price targets were given for SLM by the analysts covering the stock. The highest price target was 16, which equates to a potential upside of 43.88 percent. The lowest price target was 12, implying a possible loss of 7.91 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

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. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -0.68 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.68 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 2 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 4 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 4 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

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. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. SLM has a PEG ratio of 1.23.

In the trailing 52-weeks, SLM hit 13.20 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 6.93. Currently the stock is 60.46 percent higher than its 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.