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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Lithia Motors

(NYSE:

LAD

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it traded at $15.93 compared with its previous 52-Week high of $15.82. Lithia is changing hands at $15.48 with 31,295 shares traded as of 9:32 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 199,000 shares over the past 30 days.

Lithia has a market cap of $331.4 million and is part of the

services

sector and

specialty retail

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industry. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Lithia Motors, Inc. operates as an automotive franchisee and retailer of new and used vehicles. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.3, above the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 59.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 22.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lithia as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full

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