NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Career Education Corporation (Nasdaq: CECO) hit a new 52-week low Friday as it is currently trading at $6.85, below its previous 52-week low of $6.90 with 5,702 shares traded as of 9:30 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.5 million shares over the past 30 days.

Career has a market cap of $534 million and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 66.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Career Education Corporation operates colleges, schools, and universities that provide educational services in career-oriented disciplines primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.6, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Career as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Career Ratings Report.

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