NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Rural/Metro Corporation

(Nasdaq:

RURL

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $17.26, above its previous 52-week high of $17.25 with 13,451 shares traded as of 9:46 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 297,500 shares over the past 30 days.

Rural/Metro has a market cap of $437.6 million and is part of the

services

sector and

diversified services

industry. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Rural/Metro Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides medical ambulance response services in the United States. The company offers two levels of ambulance services, Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). The company has a P/E ratio of 47.9, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Rural/Metro as a

hold

. 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 and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. You can view the full

Rural/Metro Ratings Report

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