NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Albemarle Corporation

(NYSE:

ALB

) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $71.45, above its previous 52-week high of $71.35 with 21,828 shares traded as of 9:41 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 920,000 shares over the past 30 days.

Albemarle has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

chemicals

industry. Shares are up 26.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Albemarle as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full

Albemarle Ratings Report

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