NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- AuRico Gold Inc (NYSE: AUQ) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $13.66, above its previous 52-week high of $13.60 with 891,052 shares traded as of 11:24 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.5 million shares over the past 30 days.

AuRico has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are up 59.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

AuRico Gold Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of gold and silver mines and projects in Mexico. The company was formerly known as Gammon Gold, Inc. and changed its name to AuRico Gold Inc. in June, 2011. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.8, above the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 27.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates AuRico as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. You can view the full AuRico Ratings Report.

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