Staples Stock Hits New 52-Week Low (SPLS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) hit a new 52-week low Thursday as it is currently trading at $10.98, below its previous 52-week low of $10.99 with 6.6 million shares traded as of 1:20 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 11.2 million shares over the past 30 days.

Staples has a market cap of $9.19 billion and is part of the services sector and specialty retail industry. Shares are down 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. The company offers various office supplies and services, office machines and related products, computers and related products, and office furniture under Staples, Quill, and other proprietary brands. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, below the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 9.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Staples Ratings Report.

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