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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE: AVD) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it is currently trading at $26.70, above its previous 52-week high of $26.61 with 96,303 shares traded as of 2:09 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 320,900 shares over the past 30 days. American Vanguard has a market cap of $716.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 97.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. American Vanguard Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in developing, manufacturing, 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 28, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.