NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Venoco Incorporated (NYSE: VQ) hit a new 52-week low Monday as it is currently trading at $8.16, below its previous 52-week low of $8.18 with 223,711 shares traded as of 2:49 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 558,900 shares over the past 30 days.

Venoco has a market cap of $577.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 52.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Venoco, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, and development of oil and natural gas properties. Its principal properties are located both onshore and offshore southern California and onshore in California's Sacramento Basin. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.4, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 40.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates Venoco as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally poor debt management and premium valuation. You can view the full Venoco Ratings Report.

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