NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Hecla Mining Company

(NYSE:

HL

) hit a new 52-week low Friday as it is currently trading at $5.72, below its previous 52-week low of $5.89 with 1.5 million shares traded as of 9:35 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 8.2 million shares over the past 30 days.

Hecla has a market cap of $2 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

metals & mining

industry. Shares are down 45.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the discovery, acquisition, development, production, and marketing of silver, gold, lead, and zinc. The company has a P/E ratio of 26, equal to the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Hecla as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. You can view the full

Hecla Ratings Report

.

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