NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- AMCOL International Corporation (NYSE: ACO) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $38.65, above its previous 52-week high of $38.63 with 36,451 shares traded as of 1:14 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 128,600 shares over the past 30 days.

AMCOL International has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Amcol International Corporation focuses on the development and application of minerals and technology products and services to various industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Minerals and Materials, Environmental, Oilfield Services, and Transportation. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.5, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates AMCOL International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full AMCOL International Ratings Report.

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