NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Balchem Corporation

(Nasdaq:

BCPC

) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $40.47, above its previous 52-week high of $40.30 with 36,626 shares traded as of 10:20 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 89,500 shares over the past 30 days.

Balchem has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector and

food & beverage

industry. Shares are up 18.6% year to date as of the previous trading day's close.

Balchem Corporation provides specialty performance ingredients and products for the food, nutritional, feed, pharmaceutical, and medical sterilization industries in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.3, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.2.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Balchem as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. You can view the full

Balchem Ratings Report

.

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