Digging Up the Facts on SLM Corporation (SLM)

SLM Corporation (SLM) is an interesting player in the Financial space, with a focus on Credit Services. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $11.72, down from yesterday’s close by -2.17%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

SLM Corporation (SLM) currently trades with a market capitalization of $5.09 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 32.70 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of -$193.71 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.23 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 2.24% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

It’s important to check the technicals to get a sense of how SLM has been acting. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, SLM Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $12.46. It is now trading 0.74% off that level. The stock is trading $11.58 its 50-day moving average by -0.14%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $9.65.

In recent action, SLM Corporation (SLM) has made a move of +1.65% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 14.11, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 5.72% with $432.45 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of SLM.

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