NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE: AF) hit a new 52-week low Monday as it is currently trading at $7.13, below its previous 52-week low of $7.14 with 27,315 shares traded as of 9:37 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.3 million shares over the past 30 days.

Astoria Financial has a market cap of $722.3 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 47.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Astoria Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association that provides various banking services in the United States. It primarily engages in generating deposits and originating loans. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, above the average banking industry P/E ratio of 8.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Astoria Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full Astoria Financial Ratings Report.

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