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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

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Penn National Gaming

(Nasdaq:

PENN

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $50.58, above its previous 52-week high of $50.50 with 141,565 shares traded as of 10:10 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 923,300 shares over the past 30 days.

Penn National Gaming has a market cap of $3.66 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 25.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Penn National Gaming, Inc. owns and manages gaming and pari-mutuel properties in the United States and Canada. The company is involved in hotel, dining, retail, admissions, program sales, concessions, racing operations, and other ancillary activities. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Penn National Gaming as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full

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