Panera Bread Stock Hits New 52-Week High (PNRA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Panera Bread Company (Nasdaq: PNRA) hit a new 52-week high Monday as it is currently trading at $184.75, above its previous 52-week high of $184.73 with 178,475 shares traded as of 10:45 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 596,100 shares over the past 30 days.

Panera Bread has a market cap of $5.18 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. The company operates three business segments: Bakery-Cafe Operations, Franchise Operations, and Fresh Dough and Other Product Operations. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Panera Bread as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Panera Bread Ratings Report.

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