Starbucks Rises On Unusually High Volume (SBUX)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) is trading at unusually high volume Thursday with 17.2 million shares changing hands. It is currently at two times its average daily volume and trading up $2.86 (+5.6%) at $53.65 as of 2:20 p.m. ET.

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Starbucks has a market cap of $38.01 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates 6,705 company-operated stores and 4,082 licensed stores in the United States; and 2,326 company-operated stores and 3,890 licensed stores in Canada, the U.K., China, Germany, Thailand, and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Starbucks Ratings Report.

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