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January 29, 2014
10:32 EDTSLM, NNI, FMDSLM 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.
News For SLM;FMD;NNI From The Last 14 Days
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May 14, 2015
15:46 EDTNNIConsumer agency to investigate loan servicer compensation, LA Times says
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May 13, 2015
07:29 EDTSLMUBS to hold a conference
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May 12, 2015
10:01 EDTFMDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AG Mortgage (MITT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emera (EMRAF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... First Marblehead (FMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... First Security (FSGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded on valuation, difficult comps at Stifel... Midway Gold (MDW) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Numerex (NMRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Portland General Electric (POR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
06:21 EDTFMDFirst Marblehead downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point
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May 11, 2015
16:19 EDTFMDFirst Marblehead reports Q3 EPS (68c), consensus (51c)
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