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January 29, 2014
10:32 EDTSLM, FMD, NNISLM climbs after Obama fails to mention student loan initiative
Shares of SLM Corp. (SLM) are advancing after President Obama did not express support yesterday for legislation that would enable student loans to be refinanced at lower interest rates. SLM Corp, formerly known as Sallie Mae, provides loans to college students. WHAT'S NEW: In his State of the Union speech yesterday, President Obama did not mention a proposal to enable student loans to be refinanced at lower rates. Earlier this month, Senator Elizabeth Warren said she intended to introduce a bill to let students refinance their old loans at lower rates. Some had speculated that Obama would express support for this initiative during the State of the Union speech. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Keefe Bruyette & Woods analyst Sanjay Sakhrani wrote that Obama's speech was "surprisingly tame on student lending." He kept an Outperform rating on SLM Corp. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that provide student loans include First Marblehead (FMD) and Nelnet (NNI). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, SLM gained 1% to $23.15, First Marblehead lost 0.6% to $6.30, and Nelnet inched down 0.3 to $37.05.
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July 23, 2014
17:26 EDTSLMSallie Mae sees FY14 EPS 41c-43c, consensus 48c
The company expects full-year private education loan originations of $4B, full-year operating expenses of $312M, including $32M of reorganization expenses, $1.2B of private education loan sales in the second half of the year, and provision for private education loan losses of approximately $60M in the second half of the year.
17:23 EDTSLMSallie Mae reports Q2 adjusted EPS 10c, consensus 10c
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16:02 EDTSLMSallie Mae names Jeffrey Dale as company’s first Chief Risk Officer
Sallie Mae (SLM) appointed Jeffrey Dale as the company’s first Chief Risk Officer. Mr. Dale will work with senior executives and other company stakeholders to build out the enterprise risk management function and framework for the company and its Sallie Mae Bank subsidiary. Mr. Dale arrives from Citigroup (C) where he most recently served as the North American Group Risk Director responsible for consumer credit in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

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