Melco Crown Entertainment Stock Hits New 52-Week High (MPEL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Melco Crown Entertainment (Nasdaq: MPEL) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $20.89, above its previous 52-week high of $20.59 with 3.5 million shares traded as of 1:21 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 4.6 million shares over the past 30 days.

Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $11.01 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 20.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities primarily in Macau. The company has a P/E ratio of 37, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report.

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