Agrium Reaches New 52-Week High (AGU)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Agrium (NYSE: AGU) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $101.94, above its previous 52-week high of $101.89 with 136,098 shares traded as of 10:20 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.1 million shares over the past 30 days.

Agrium has a market cap of $15.68 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 47.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Agrium Inc. engages in the retail of agricultural products and services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Advanced Technologies. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 10.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agrium as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Agrium Ratings Report.

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