Sigma-Aldrich Stock Hits New 52-Week High (SIAL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Nasdaq: SIAL) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $79.22, above its previous 52-week high of $79.09 with 384,628 shares traded as of 11:41 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 554,000 shares over the past 30 days.

Sigma-Aldrich has a market cap of $9.47 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a life science and high technology company, develops, manufactures, purchases, and distributes various chemicals, biochemicals, and equipment worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sigma-Aldrich 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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Sigma-Aldrich Ratings Report.

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