NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

W.R. Berkley Corporation

(NYSE:

WRB

) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it traded at $31.80 compared with its previous 52-Week high of $31.45. W.R. Berkley is changing hands at $31.75 with 199,121 shares traded as of 11:41 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 820,400 shares over the past 30 days.

W.R. Berkley has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

insurance

industry. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

W.R. Berkley Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates in the property casualty insurance business in the United States and internationally. The company operates in five segments: Specialty, Regional, Alternative Markets, Reinsurance, and International. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.1.

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TheStreet Ratings rates W.R. Berkley as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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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