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) -- KLA-Tencor Corporation (Nasdaq: KLAC) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $56.83, above its previous 52-week high of $55.43 with 1.3 million shares traded as of 9:40 a.m. ET. Average volume has been two million shares over the past 30 days. KLA-Tencor has a market cap of $8.72 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. KLA-Tencor Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates KLA-Tencor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full KLA-Tencor Ratings Report. See all 52-week high stocks or get investment ideas from our investment research center. It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE.