NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- A wealth of healthy buying in recent weeks led a variety of blue chips to hit fresh 52-week highs on Tuesday, including automaker Ford Motor ( F - Get Report), data storage company EMC ( EMC) and solar energy shop LDK Solar ( LDK).

Jim Cramer told the viewers of his Mad Money TV show recently the 52-week high list tells us everything we need to know about the market, though it's not the number of companies hitting 52-week highs that's important, it's the number of industries represented on the list.

>>Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: 52-Week High Breakout

Here, then, is a list of 10 firms to join the 52-week-high list on Tuesday, ranked by intraday volume.

The most heavily-traded stock to hit a fresh 52-week high Tuesday was Ford Motor. U.S. rival automaker Chrysler said Monday it raised its full-year guidance based on "continued operating performance improvement."

Conway MacKenzie turnaround expert Van Conway said that domestic car companies have "mutual synergy" in how they're perceived, so Chrysler's latest quarterly report -- which Conway said "clearly demonstrated that their turnaround is in progress," despite its comparatively smaller size -- can have positive impact on how U.S. rivals such as Ford and GM are perceived.

Ford shares hit a 52-week high of $16.58 on Tuesday, trading just above $16 in the final hour of the session.

Hecla Mining ( HL - Get Report) shares tapped an annual high of $9.75 early Tuesday. The gold, silver, lead and zinc miner's stock offers attractive returns to investors thanks to the recent run-up in metals stocks.

Base metals and precious metals have been rallying on the weaker dollar index and the Federal Reserve's recent quantitative easing package, reigniting confidence in the U.S. economy.

Limelight Networks ( LLNW - Get Report) soared nearly 36% to a 52-week high of $8.97 on Tuesday.

That media content provider got a boost after DVD-by-mail service Netflix ( NFLX - Get Report) said it plans to use Limelight and Level 3 ( LVLT) exclusively as its primary content delivery networks, shunning Akamai Technologies ( AKAM - Get Report) in the process.

>>Akamai Is Losing Netflix Business

Silver miner Silver Wheaton ( SLW) rose early in the day, hitting an annual height of $37.20, before trading lower by more than 7% late in the day.

Like Hecla, Silver Wheaton benefited from the spike in commodity prices, with silver hitting a 30-year high, surging more than 4%.

Natural gas and oil developer Atlas Energy ( ATLS) saw its share price heat up 36% to a new annual height of $43.11 after it announced an agreement to divest Upstream Oil & Gas Assets to its subsidiary Atlas Pipeline Holdings ( AHD). The deal is valued at $250 million, including $220 million of newly issued AHD common shares and $30 million in cash.

>>Don't Expect Natural Gas M&A Flood

EMC shares pushed up to $22.35 on Tuesday. EMC had been in merger discussions with Isilon Systems ( ISLN), but reports surfaced last week that EMC's interest in the deal waned.

EMC, Dell ( DELL) and Oracle ( ORCL - Get Report) were tapped as potential suitors for Isilon but the target was viewed as an expensive one, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Gold and copper producer Barrick Gold ( ABX) shares also reaped the benefit of spiking gold commodity prices. Barrick shares rose as high as $53.44 Tuesday morning, and were trading just under $51 heading into the closing bell.

Rising gold prices padded the share price of NovaGold Resources ( NG), just as it did for Barrick, Hecla and Silver Wheaton. Costs are generally stable for metal miners so higher prices for its products do much in the way of adding shine to an already heady profit line.

NovaGold shares hit a 52-week high of $15.42 on Tuesday.

LDK Solar shares bid up to $15.10, a new annual height for the solar module producer. The China-based firm posted far better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Monday. Revenue also came in comfortably ahead of the Street's call.

LDK also raised its guidance, forecasting 2011 revenue $1 billion ahead of analysts' consensus expectations.

>>Solar Stock Winners: LDK Solar

Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold ( FCX - Get Report) rounds out the list of the ten most heavily traded stocks to hit 52-week highs on Tuesday.

Freeport-McMoran was another beneficiary of the run-up in gold prices, a commodity set to hit $1,500 an ounce, according to Global Asset Management CEO Greg Marshall.

>> Gold Prices Will Hit $1,500

-- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York.

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