NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

American Financial Group

(NYSE:

AFG

) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it traded at $34.99 compared with its previous 52-Week high of $34.98. American Financial Group is changing hands at $34.97 with 95,224 shares traded as of 11:40 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 398,700 shares over the past 30 days.

American Financial Group has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

insurance

industry. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

American Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in property and casualty insurance business in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of eight, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.

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TheStreet Ratings rates American Financial Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full

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