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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE: AVD) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $24.31, above its previous 52-week high of $24.23 with 96,594 shares traded as of 10:40 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 132,800 shares over the past 30 days. American Vanguard has a market cap of $413.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 78.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. American Vanguard Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing, developing, and marketing specialty chemical products for agricultural and commercial uses. The company manufactures and formulates chemicals for crops, human, and animal health protection. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.4, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 21.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.