Royal Caribbean Cruises Stock Hits New 52-Week High (RCL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $38.19, above its previous 52-week high of $38.16 with 111,957 shares traded as of 9:56 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.8 million shares over the past 30 days.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has a market cap of $8.07 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. operates in the cruise vacation industry worldwide. It owns five cruise brands, which comprise Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, and CDF Croisieres de France. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Caribbean Cruises as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Royal Caribbean Cruises Ratings Report.

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