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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Royal Gold

(Nasdaq:

RGLD

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $84.48, above its previous 52-week high of $83.87 with 222,229 shares traded as of 10:10 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.1 million shares over the past 30 days.

Royal has a market cap of $4.64 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

metals & mining

industry. Shares are up 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Royal Gold, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition and management of precious metals royalties and similar production based interests. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.6, above the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 47.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Royal as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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