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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Biogen Idec

(Nasdaq:

BIIB

) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it is currently trading at $156.86, above its previous 52-week high of $156.56 with 310,676 shares traded as of 9:50 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 902,100 shares over the past 30 days.

Biogen Idec has a market cap of $36.49 billion and is part of the

health care

sector and

drugs

industry. Shares are up 40.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Biogen Idec Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia, and autoimmune disorders in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 28, equal to the average drugs industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Biogen Idec 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. 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

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