NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Imperial Oil (AMEX: IMO) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it traded at $52.29 compared with its previous 52-Week high of $51.92. Imperial Oil is changing hands at $51.14 with 332,352 shares traded as of 12:16 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 337,400 shares over the past 30 days.

Imperial Oil has a market cap of $42.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 26.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Imperial Oil Ltd. engages in the exploration, production, and sale of crude oil and natural gas in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 22.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 22.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Imperial Oil as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Imperial Oil Ratings Report.

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