NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Stepan Company (NYSE: SCL) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it is currently trading at $79.27, above its previous 52-week high of $78.86 with 16,613 shares traded as of 10:11 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 38,500 shares over the past 30 days.

Stepan has a market cap of $777.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Stepan Company engages in the production and sale of specialty and intermediate chemicals. The company operates in three segments: Surfactants, Polymers, and Specialty Products. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates Stepan as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Stepan Ratings Report.

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