NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Intuitive Surgical

(Nasdaq:

ISRG

) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $451, above its previous 52-week high of $450 with 3,956 shares traded as of 9:30 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 354,100 shares over the past 30 days.

Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $17.19 billion and is part of the

health care

sector and

health services

industry. Shares are up 73.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems for various surgical procedures, including urologic, gynecologic, cardiothoracic, general, and head and neck surgeries. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.1, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Intuitive Surgical as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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

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