NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Darling International

(NYSE:

DAR

) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $17.02, above its previous 52-week high of $16.53 with 1.3 million shares traded as of 10:06 a.m. ET. Average volume has been one million shares over the past 30 days.

Darling International has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector and

consumer non-durables

industry. Shares are up 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Darling International Inc. provides rendering, recycling, and recovery solutions to the food industry worldwide. It operates in two segments, Rendering and Restaurant Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Darling International as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full

Darling International Ratings Report

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