Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $10.21, above its previous 52-week high of $10.20 with 1.2 million shares traded as of 10:20 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 6.5 million shares over the past 30 days. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $7.47 billion and is part of the services sector and transportation industry. Shares are up 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Southwest Airlines Co. engages in the operation of a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report. See all 52-week high stocks or get investment ideas from our investment research center. Holiday Special: Subscribe to Action Alerts PLUS to see how Jim Cramer trades his $2.5 Million+ portfolio for 51% off the list price. Your first 14-days are FREE: Sign up today to get e-mail alerts before every trade.