MarkWest Energy Stock Hits New 52-Week High (MWE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- MarkWest Energy Partners (NYSE: MWE) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $64.12, above its previous 52-week high of $63.97 with 186,842 shares traded as of 10:05 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 684,100 shares over the past 30 days.

MarkWest Energy has a market cap of $8.13 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 24.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Markwest Energy Partners, L.P., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the gathering, processing, and transportation of natural gas the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates MarkWest Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full MarkWest Energy Ratings Report.

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