NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates

(Nasdaq:

VSEA

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $62.84, above its previous 52-week high of $62.82 with 20,988 shares traded as of 9:31 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.5 million shares over the past 30 days.

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

electronics

industry. Shares are up 69.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets, and services semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits to the semiconductor manufacturers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Ratings Report

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