NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Royal Dutch Shell

(NYSE:

RDS.B

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it traded at $73.74 compared with its previous 52-Week high of $73.72. Royal Dutch Shell is changing hands at $73.75 with 203,164 shares traded as of 10:21 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.4 million shares over the past 30 days.

Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $227.6 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

energy

industry. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for, and extracts crude oil and natural gas. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.2.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full

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